Both were converts with Fr Reynolds coming from Oxford and Fr Roe from Cambridge. Fr Reynolds ministered for an amazing fifty or so years in England and suffered many trials and reprieved sentences of execution. Finally, the day came when no reprieve was forthcoming and he received his sentence of death. By then he was very infirm from all his sufferings but he prayed earnestly for God's grace to meet his execution with dignity.
Fr Roe became a Benedictine at Dieulwart, Lorraine and then undertook a great many daring escapades on the English Mission. When caught he received imprisonment lasting seventeen years during which time he was twice given crude surgery for unknown conditions.
|Marble Arch today, site of the Tyburn Tree|
Their way to Tyburn (along Tyburn Road, now Oxford Street) is described as "a triumphal procession" as they were mobbed by Catholics who threw themselves on their knees begging blessings and kissing the hands and the clothing of the two heroes.
They both gained their crowns on January 21st 1641 - ORA PRO NOBIS!