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St Alban's Catholic High School

St Alban - A Brief History

 

St Alban, the first Christian Martyr (Protomartyr) in England from the 4th Century and patron saint of converts and torture victims. Although a Roman soldier and a pagan, Alban sheltered a priest; Amphibalus, in his house. The priest made such a profound impression on him that he became a Christian himself.

Soldiers raided Alban’s house and to help the priest escape, Alban and the priest swapped clothes. Alban was captured and ordered to renounce his faith. He proclaimed himself a Christian and refused to reject his faith.

The priest turned himself in when he heard of Alban’s arrest and imprisonment in the hope that Alban’s life would be saved. Unfortunately no mercy was shown and Alban and the Priest were tortured and beheaded.

On the site of the execution now stands the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban’s (Hertfordshire).

 

As a school and to pay homage to our patron, St Alban we celebrate the nearest school day that falls either on or around the 22nd June. The Bishop of our diocese has been invited in June 2020 to celebrate full school Mass at our school.