St John Boste
Celebrated on July 24th
A priest and martyr , John Boste was born at Dufton, in Westmoreland, and studied at Oxford. After he became a Catholic in 1576, he went to Reims and was ordained priest in 1581. Fr John went back to England where he worked in the north celebrating Mass and administering the Sacraments to recusant Catholics. He became the object of a massive manhunt and was finally captured and taken to London. There he was tortured on the rack and returned to Dryburn near Durham.
On July 24, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered. John Boste was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as a martyr of Durham. He is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales .
The picture below by artist Michael Boe, was commissioned by the bishop of Lancaster. It hangs in the church at Appleby. Michael writes:
“The hill I’ve painted over his right shoulder is in Dufton, his birthplace. Over his left shoulder is Durham cathedral. The place of his martyrdom.”