Nicholas Owen (Jesuit)

Nicholas Owen, S.J., (c. 1562 1/2 March 1606) was an English Jesuit lay brother who was the principal builder of priest holes during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and James I of England.[1] Owen built many priest holes in the buildings of English Catholics from 1588 until his final arrest in 1606, when he was tortured to death by prison authorities in the Tower of London. Owen is honoured as a martyr by the Catholic Church and was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970.[2]


Nicholas Owen

The torture of Saint Nicholas Owen, S.J.
an engraving by Melchior Küsel (17th century)
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
Bornc. 1562
Oxford, England
Died1/2 March 1606
Tower of London, England
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
(England and Wales)
Canonized25 October 1970, Vatican City, by Pope Paul VI
Feast22 March; Jointly: 4 May (England) and 25 October (Wales)