Tuesday, February 23, 2010

St Nicholas Owen - the priest's hole maker

Information from Mary's Dowry Productions:
A new film currently in production from Mary's Dowry Productions presents the life and martyrdom of one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, Saint Nicholas Owen.

For about twenty years he worked across England constructing priest holes in many houses, some of which have still not been discovered. His work was so ingenious that those hunting the priests had to admire the skill involved in them. Saint Nicholas Owen worked alone and often at night. He worked with brick and wood, sometimes constructing holes behind chimneys, beneath floors, in staircases and in walls. He died an excruciating death under torture in the Tower of London for the Catholic faith and was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970.

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