Fr. Billy Swan
Word on Fire
June 22, 2020
A Tale of Principle Over Life and Livelihood
Today’s joint feast of Saints John Fisher (1469-1535) and Thomas More (1478-1535) serves as an inspiration to both clergy and laity in the Church and modern world. As a priest and bishop, John Fisher was martyred on June 22, 1535, for his opposition to the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn and his refusal to acknowledge Henry as supreme head of the Church of England. Two weeks later, on July 6, Thomas More, a husband and father, was martyred in the tower of London for the same reasons.