I dedicate my work here to the special protection of…

First and foremost, to Our Lady, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, St. Mary:

Secondly, to her chaste husband and foster father of Our Lord, St. Joseph:

And also to Blessed James Duckett… he was a bookseller and publisher in London. He was brought up a Protestant, and converted while an apprentice in London by reading a Catholic book lent him by a friend. Before he could be received into the Church, he was twice imprisoned for not attending Protestant services. He was finally baptized and received into the Church by a venerable priest who was imprisoned in the Gatehouse at Westminster. Bl. James Duckett married a Catholic widow, but out of his twelve years of married life, no less than nine were spent in prison, owing to his zeal in propagating Catholic literature and his wonderful constancy in his new-found faith. His last apprehension was brought about by Peter Bullock, a bookbinder, who betrayed him in order to obtain his own release from prison. His house was searched on 4 March, 1601, Catholic books were found there, and Duckett was at once thrown into prison. At his trial, Bullock testified that he had bound various Catholic books for Duckett, which the martyr acknowledged to be true. The jury found him not guilty, but the Judge at once stood up and bade them consider well what they did, for Duckett had had bound for him a controversial work peculiarly odious to Anglicans on account of its learning and cogency. The jury then reversed its verdict and brought in the prisoner guilty of felony. Peter Bullock, the betrayer, did not save himself by his treachery, for he was conveyed in the same cart as Duckett to Tyburn, where both were executed, 19 April, 1601. There is an account written by the Prior of the English Carthusians of James Duckett’s martyrdom: On the way to Tyburn he was given a cup of wine; he drank, and desired his wife to drink to Peter Bullock, and freely to forgive him. At the gallows, his last thoughts were for his betrayer. He kissed him and implored him to die in the Catholic Faith.

(account of Bl. James Duckett taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia)


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