Friday, March 26, 2010
St. Margaret Clitherow was born Margaret Middleton in York, England to Protestant parents in 1556. She married John Clitherow in 1571 and had three children. At age 18, she became a Roman Catholic and held Masses at home. She was arrested for sheltering priests there and refused to plead the case.
St. Margaret Clitherow was crushed to death on Good Friday (March 25), 1586. Her right hand was taken as a relic and is in the Bar Convent in York. She is one of the Forty Martyrs of England. Her feast day is March 26 and she is the patron saint of converts. Canonized: 1970.