Saint_Oliver_PlunkettBorn in 1629 in County Meath, Ireland.  After his studies for the priesthood in Rome, he was ordained in 1654.  He was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland after some years of teaching and giving service to the poor of Rome.  A new wave of anti-Catholic persecution began in Ireland in 1654, and he was forced to do his pastoral work in secrecy and disguise and to live in hiding.  Schools were closed, and many of his priests were sent into exile.  Secret Church services were held.  Convents and seminaries were suppressed.  The Archbishop was held responsible for any rebellion or political activity of his parishioners.  He was arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle in 1679.  His trial was moved to London.  A jury found him guilty of fomenting revolt after deliberating for 15 minutes.  He was hanged, drawn and quartered in July 1681.  Pope Paul VI canonized Oliver Plunkett in 1975.

FEAST DAY:  July 10

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