This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.
"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1
Edmund Campion [Latin: Edmvndvs Campianvs] [24 January 1540-1 December, 1581] was an English Jesuit priest and martyr. He was born to a middle class London family, and excelled in his studies from a young age. He studied theology at Oxford University, and was eventually ordained to the priesthood in Dublin, Ireland. He rejected the radical reforms of the English Church as enforced by Queen Elizabeth, and decided to flee the English Crown for Rome, where he joined the Society of Jesus. He was then sent back to England, where he conducted an underground ministry of the Sacraments in defiance of English Law. Eventually, Campion was arrested by priest hunters. Convicted of high treason, he was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.