"O Lord, Thou knowest how busy I must be this day,
If I forget Thee, do not Thou forget me"
Lord Astley's Prayer
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Richard Pate, Bishop and Martyr
23rd November 1565 and Bishop of Worcester, Richard Pate, died for the faith as a result of his sufferings and privations in the Tower of London.
The Bishop, for some time, aligned himself with Henry and accepted the Royal Supremacy and was appointed Ambassador to Charles V in Spain. Upon being summoned by the King, Richard Pate fled to Rome and was reconciled to the Faith.
Pope Paul III made him Bishop of Worcester in 1541 and he was one of the two English Bishops to assist at The Council of Trent.
Upon the accession of Mary, he returned to England and took possession of his See.
When Elizabeth became Queen Bishop Pate voted against every Anti Catholic measure she tried to introduce and refused to take the Royal oath of allegiance. He was initially committed to the Tower for an 18 month period before being released into the custody of 'Jewel' at Salisbury. However, he was recommitted to the Tower where he died after 6 years of suffering.
This biography differs slightly from the Wikipedia entry but is from a reputable Catholic source.