Chronicles of the Irish Martyrs 1: John Trevers Part II

John Trevers, a native of Dublin, was a priest in the Order of the Hermits of St. Augustine and a Doctor of Theology. He had recently anonymously written a book called On the Authority of the Roman Pontiff. And it seems to have become quite famous. Because of this work he was tracked down as the author, seized, and taken to London. He was kept in the Tower of London for four months. During this time he was interrogated four times, tortured in various ways, and being found faithful and steadfast in his ways, he was declared guilty of high treason by Thomas Cromwell and the other flatterers of the King.

He was led out with his hands tied behind his back, a rope around his neck, placed on a hurdle, and taken in this way to his place of execution. When he had climbed the ladder leading up to the gallows, having reaching the top he prayed for pardon and exhorted the bystanders to pray earnestly to God, the refuge of sinners, for the conversion and salvation of the King and of all the mad heretics who adhered to him. 

He then cried out in a loud voice, “It is not for any crime, Christian hearers, that I have been sent hither from Ireland, my native country, but rather because I professed the Catholic Faith, which I, like my ancestors, have drunk in with my mother’s milk; and also, because I am supposed to be the author of a certain work lately spread abroad among the Catholics. The moment of my death is now close at hand, which will surely open for me the door to eternal life. Hence it behoves me not to use any ambiguous or obscure language for the purpose of concealing the truth. Wherefore I declare openly that I am a priest of the Catholic and Apostolic Church, and, moreover, that it was with these three fingers (and raised up the three fingers of his right hand) I wrote that work On the Authority of the Roman Pontiff.

When he had said this the order was given and he was hanged, cut down before he was yet dead, and quartered. Then, something amazing happened... His right hand and his intestines were cast into the fire and, while everything else was reduced to ashes, the three fingers of his right hand, which he had raised aloft on the scaffold, were seen raised up in a like fashion amidst the flames. Afterwards, they were still whole and fresh, as if they had never been cast into the fire.

Dates differ on whether he died July 30 or July 31, 1535. He is the first of 261 Venerable Servants of God who were put to death in England for the faith. The 261 are only the ones we have documentation on… Only in Heaven will we meet the many others who have given their lives silently in faithfulness to Truth, to Christ and His Church. Who will step up now, in our times to walk in their footsteps? Who will be the martyrs of our times? 

We beg their intercession to be able to imitate them in their love and their courage! Venerable John Travers, pray for us, for your beloved Ireland and for Our Church, that we may have the courage to always defend Christ and His Church as you did, even if it means death. Help us not live for this life that passes, but for Heaven, our true home! Amen.


hna kelai

My name is Sister Kelai Maria, I am a Servant Sister of the Home of the Mother since 2007. I was born in Arizona (USA) but have also lived in Oregon, Alaska, Florida, Spain, and Ireland. I am a convert to the Catholic faith and found my vocation shortly after my conversion. Every day I thank Jesus that I am His and that I am a Servant Sister. All of eternity will not be enough to thank Him for saving me and for how much He has loved and loves me!