english mission

Ralph Emerson was born in 1553, entered the Society in Rome in 1580 and took his vows at Novellara in 1582. He became Edmund Campion’s assistant and one of the first Jesuit missionaries sent to England, arriving in April 1580. By the end of 1581, he was sent to Scotland after Campion and other Jesuits were captured and martyred. On 15th September 1584, Emerson sailed with Weston, a Jesuit priest, from Dieppe landing between Lowestoft and Yarmouth. In 1586, he was seized by the customs,...
Alexander Briant was born in Somerset, England on 17th August 1556, and studied at Harts Hall in Oxford. While there, he became a pupil of Father Robert Parsons and he completed his studies with him at Balliol College, which, along with his association with Richard Holtby, led to Briant’s conversion to Catholicism. He followed Holtby to the English Seminary College at Reims, France, and was ordained priest on 29th March 1578. He was assigned to the English mission in August 1579 to work...
The early mission to EnglandBetween Ignatius's begging mission to England in 1531, and the foundation of a mission in 1580, Jesuit contact with England was sporadic.  The second half of the 16th century was one of religious upheaval in England, since Henry VIII’s break with Rome in 1534. Elizabeth 1 (1558-1603) was determined to build a Protestant state, and, fearing influence or invasion by stronger Catholic European monarchies, effectively banned Catholic worship, and outlawed...