ABOUT OUR PATRONSt. Margaret Clitherow, one of the holy martyrs of England & Wales for which our parish and school is named, was born in Middleton, England, in 1555, of Protestant parents. In 1571, she married John Clitherow, a well-to-do butcher (to whom she bore two children), and a few years later entered the Catholic Church. Her zeal led her to harbor fugitive priests, for which she was arrested and imprisoned by hostile civil authorities. They attempted to make her deny her Faith, but the holy woman stood firm. Finally, she was condemned to be pressed to death on March 25, 1586. Her feast day is March 26th.
ABOUT THE SOCIETYAny big venture needs financial supporters and visionaries to invest in its future and mission. Our vision is to start a full school that is permanent, long-lasting, and incorporates our existing home-school. We want to build a school that teaches students how to effectively fight our increasingly post-Christian (and certainly non-Catholic) culture, and which instills Christian virtues, Catholic formation, and the best of the Church’s musical tradition. We want to offer the best education at an affordable price, to reach as many students as possible. To that end, we need to form the Clitherow Society. The scope of this school project requires people of means and Catholic dedication to commit above and beyond the normal support they regularly give to the parish. Founding members of the Clitherow Society would be committing to financially supporting Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, including our current Home School Co-op and future Academy, praying for the growth of the parish and development of the school, inviting like-minded people to join us in our efforts, and to identify and support fundraising opportunities as they arise.
Please join us in forming the Clitherow Society and assisting the expansion of Holy Martyrs Catholic Church and the creation of Holy Martyrs Academy.