Biography of St. John Fisher
Church celebrates the feast of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More on June
22. Our patron saint was born in 1469 in Beverley, England and studied
theology at Cambridge University where he later became Chancellor. He
was named Bishop of Rochester at the age of 35. He was good friends
with Thomas More, Chancellor of England under Henry VIII. Bishop John
Fisher was known for his unpretentious and modest lifestyle as well as
his love for the poor.
John Fisher openly opposed King Henry VIII's
divorce of Catherine of Aragon and rejected the King's claim to be head
of the Church in England. Along with Thomas More, John Fisher was
imprisoned and their subsequent executions were only a few days apart.