Blessed Charles Meehan-Mahoney

Dates: 1639 – 1679

Charles was born in Ireland between 1639 and 1640. It is not known when he joined the Irish Province but, like several other Irish Friars of the time, he completed his formation with the English Friars in their college at Douai. In 1679 he was aboard a ship bound for Ireland which was forced to put into port in Wales. He came ashore at precisely the wrong time, since England and Wales were engulfed in the anti-Catholic hysteria aroused by Titus Oates's invented Papist Plot. Charles searched for a passage to Ireland, but, suspected of being a Catholic and a priest, he was arrested and in June 1678, imprisoned in Denbigh jail. He was tried in Spring 1679 and was condemned to be killed at Ruthin. The sentence was carried out on 12th August. He died saying: “Since God has pleased to give me the grace of martyrdom, blessed be his Holy Name.” [1]

Charles Meehan was beatified along with 129 other martyrs of England and Wales on 22nd November 1987 by Pope John Paul II.

[1] Ibid. p. 305-6.

Memorial Day: 12th July