Henry Morse SJ

Around this time last year our attention was brought to an auction on French Ebay of ‘Portrait d’un martyr Jésuite (fin 17ième debut 18ième)’.  This turned out to be a miniature oval shaped portrait of St Henry Morse SJ painted on copper by an unknown artist, with an inscription around the edge ‘Henricus Mas Passus 22 Janvari 1645’.Jan Graffius, Curator of Collections at Stonyhurst College explains: The painting is in the tradition of small devotional images painted on copper,...
Henry Morse SJ, alias Claxton and Warde, was born in 1595 in Norfolk to Protestant parents. In 1618, at the age of 23, he converted to the Catholic faith at Douay College, following which he entered the English College, Rome. In 1624, he was sent to the English Missions and was imprisoned at York Castle, where he completed his noviceship for the Society of Jesus under the guidance of another inmate, Fr John Robinson SJ. In 1632, he returned to the Continent and worked at Watten Novitiate as...