Ven. Edward Oldcorne
Ven. Edward Oldcorne
    Ven. Edward Oldcorne
     Catholic_Encyclopedia Ven. Edward Oldcorne
    Martyr, b. 1561; d. 1606. His father was a Protestant (Protestantism), and his mother a Catholic. He was educated as a doctor, but later decided to enter the priesthood, went to the English College at Reims, then to Rome, where, after ordination, in 1587, he became a Jesuit. Next year he returned to England in company with Father John Gerard, and worked, chiefly in Worcester, until he was arrested with Father Henry Garnet and taken to the Tower. No evidence connecting him with the Gunpowder Plot could be obtained, and he was executed for his priesthood only. Two letters of his are at Stonyhurst (Ang., III, 1; VII, 60); the second, written from prison, overflows with zeal and charity. His last combat took place on 7 April, at Red Hill, Worcester. With him suffered his faithful servant, the Ven. Ralph Ashby, who is traditionally believed to have been a Jesuit lay-brother. Oldcorne's picture, painted after his death for the Gesú, is extant, and a number of his Relics.
    FOLEY, Records S. J., IV, 202; MORRIS, John Gerard, x; GILLOW, Bibl. Dict. Eng. Cath., s. v.
    J.H. POLLEN.
    Transcribed by WGKofron With thanks to St. Mary's Church, Akron, Ohio

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