BLESSED Edward BAMBER (alias HELMES, REDING) was born in Carleton, near Blackpool in the County of Lancashire. He was a seminarian in St. Omer, and at the English College of St. Gregory in SEVILLE, where he was ordained a priest the year 1626. Upon returning to England, he disembarking in the port of Plymouth, he was stopped and incarcerated, but immediately released. For sixteen years he served the Catholic Mission, mainly in Lancashire. Imprisoned again between 1643 and1646, he was condemned for being priest. He was stripped, hung, drawn and quartered in Lancaster, on the 7th of August 1646.

He was beatified by the Pope John Paul II, on the 22nd of November 1987.



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