English College of Valladolid, Spain:
BLESSED Thomas PALASER OSF was
probably born in Ellerton-upon-Sway, near Richmond in the County of Yorkshire.
He was seminarian at Rheims (France) and in VALLADOLID, where he was ordained a
priest the year 1596. He was arrested shortly after returning to England, but
escaped. He exercised his Mission in the north of the Country. Condemned for
being a priest, he was stripped, hung, drawn and quartered in Durham, on the 8th
of September 1600 (the same day as the Image of the Virgin "The Vulnerata" was
solemnly received into the Chapel, before the wife of the King Philip III,
Margarita Lady of Austria). More about "The Vulnerata" here.
beatified by the Pope John Paul II, on the 22nd of November 1987.
lay companions, Blessed John Norton and Blessed John Talbot, were also beatified
that day, just as they shared the day of execution. Father Palaser was arrested
in the home of John Norton, whose wife Margaret was also arrested. Norton, Mrs.
Norton and Talbot were all found guilty of the felony of assisting a traitor, a
Catholic priest. Mrs. Norton was not executed because she was pregnant at the
The College Prayer to Our Lady:
May our Lady Vulnerata and all
our Martyr Saints intercede for us with the Lord, that our students and
benefactors, past and present, may be helped and saved by him. Amen.