THE annual pilgrimage to Usk. Monmouthshire. was held on Sunday when about 600 pilgrims from many parts of South Wales and Hereford assembled to pay
• homage to Blessed David Lewis " the Jesuit martyr who died there , on August Ti, 1679.
Sea Scouts from De I.a Salle . achool, Cardiff, led the procession through the streets and two of them stood guard over the grave of the martyr in the old Priory Churchyard now in Anglican • hands.
Afterwards there was Benediction at a specially erected altar • at the rear of St. Francis Xavier's . church when Fr. Philip Dwyer, parish priest, preached on the life of Blessed Vavid. He said the martyr was the son of the Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Abergavenny, the town in which Blessed David Lewis was born. Like his father who had forsaken the old Faith the martyr ' was a Protestant until. after study Mg law at London and Paris, he was received into the Church in Par at the age of 19.
Later he went to Rome and studied at the English College and 'later entered the Society of Jesus. .• Sent back to Monmouthshire he cared for his scattered flock for , 30 sears before he was appre hended at Llantarnum, charged at
Abergavenny and gaoled at Mon
Numerous false charges were brought against him but he defended himself to such an extent „ that none of the charges could be " proved. He was eventually sentenced to death because he was Ordained outside the realm and had said Mass. A common
' prisoner had to be pressed into service to carry out the execution. He was hanged, drawn and quartered not far from the present church of St. Francis Xavier's at -Usk.