THE ANNUAL Arundel Pilgrimage is to take place this year between August I and 7. The pilgrimage will, as always, follow the route taken by the funeral procession of St Philip Howard when his remains were removed from the scene of his martyrdom at the Tower of London to the Howard family vault at Arundel Castle in
The pilgrimage honours the sixteenth century English martyrs and particularly the Sussex martyrs, among carom St Philip Howard was pr The Catholic Truth Sc ,y has just published a new pamphlet on the lives of the Sussex martyrs which illustrates the remarkable contribution which this county has made to English martyrology.
Of St Philip Mark Elvins, the author of the pamphlet, says that upon going up to St John's College, Cambridge he pursued a life of unmitigated pleasure and that upon finishing there he "threw himself into the dissolute life at court with a reckless abandon".
His return to the faith into which he was born (his godfather was the King of Spain) appears to date from his unsuccessful attempt to win the affections of a young milkmaid in 1575. He died of starvation in the Tower in 1595.
Philip was not the only Howard among the Sussex martyrs. His grandson, William, who followed him to St John's College at the extraordinary age of nine, was implicated in Titus Date's "Popish Plot" in 1675. When, in 1680, he came to be beheaded, he declined to give a
signal to the reluctant executioner, merely saying: "Take your own time. God's will he done, I am ready".