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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 25, 2011 Page 5 ! Saint Margaret Clitherow by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Margaret Clith- crow, known as the "Pearl of York", was born in 1555 during the reign of Queen Mary Tudor. She was a daughter of Thomas Middleton, who was a candle maker by profession. One of five children, Margaret was brought up Protestant; she received little formal edu .............. cation and could neither read nor write Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558, re-estab- lishing the Protestant Church in England that had been initiated by her father Henry VIII. adjoining her house and Margaret's family accepted a second in another part of the Queen as the head of the the city, where priests were Church. Her father pros- hidden and Mass could pered and became sheriff of be celebrated through the want to involve in the guilt of her death. She was con- demned to be pressed to death. Although she was probably pregnant the sentence was carried out on March 25, 1586. She had endured an agony of fear the previous night, but was now calm, joyous, and smiling. As she went to her death. She walked barefooted to the place of her execution where she was laid on the ground, a stone placed beneath her back, her hands stretched out in the form of a cross and bound to two posts. Then a door was placed upon her, which wasweighted down till she was crushed to death. Her last words during an York (1564-5); he died when Margaret was 14. When Margaret was 17, her mother arranged that she marry a Protestant, John Clitherow, a wealthy butcher and a chamber- lain of York, they were mar- ried in St. Martin's church, July 8, 1571. She converted to Catholicism about three years later becoming most fervent in her belief; con- tinually risking her life by harboring and aiding priests, she provided two rooms, one I turmoil of the religious agony of fifteen minutes persecutions, were "JesuI Jesu! Jesu! Margaret was arrested have mercy on me[" Her on March 10, 1586, and on right hand is preserved at March 14, she was arraigned St. Mary's Convent, York. before Judges Clinch and Her sons Henry and William Rhodes and several mem- became priests, and her ~ ! bers of the Council of the daughter Anne a nun at -" North at York. Her indict- St. Ursula's, Louvain. ~~~ ~i;~ ment was that she had The life of Saint Margaret harbored priests heard Mass was written by her confessor, and the like. She refused John Mush. St. Margaret ~10~ ~,]~S'~~~~~ to plead, since the only wit- Clitherow was canonized by nesses against her would Pope Paul VI in 1970; her be her own children and Feast is celebrated on servants, whom she did not March 26. Elder Service Plan helps older adults stay in our community and live in their own homes, for as long as possible. As a Medicare-approved Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we provide the individual care that allows each participant to live with dignity and )ect in the place they call home. provide and coordinate the many different an older adult may require, such as: Primary and specialty medical care Home nursing and personal care Rehabilitation Social interaction Medications without co-pays and coverage gaps Transportation to PACE Day Healtlq Centers and medical appointments Elder Service Plan is the ideal solution for older adults families who want an 31ternative to nursing home care, need a care partner to e forthe right combination services to keep a loved one home. find out more, call 7-568-6377 or visit us at Jim and Francine Gannon of Boston's North End are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christine Capodilupo Gannon to Nicholas Joseph Ordway, son of Donna Cavallaro and Kirk Ordway of South Portland, Maine. Christi and Nick met at Bowdoin College and are now both practic- ing attorneys in Boston. They are planning a wedding in 2012. RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine Donato Frottoroli 415 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 617,367,2353 -- Open for Lunch and Dinner Daily -- Private dining rooms for any occasion donato@luciaboston.com www.luciaboston.com J J