This digital art print of Saint Oliver Plunkett is the perfect addition to your home decor or a great gift for birthdays, Confirmation, weddings, or Christmas.
St. Oliver Plunkett was born in Ireland in 1629. When he was eighteen, he began studying for the priesthood in Rome at the Irish College and was ordained in 1654.
Catholics in Ireland were facing persecution at the time, so Oliver could, unfortunately, not return to his homeland right away. Instead, he taught in Rome until 1669 when he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland (a bishop possessing superior ecclesiastical jurisdiction and organizational authority over several provinces). Oliver was focused on the idea of peace for his people as he established schools, ordained more priests, and confirmed thousands of individuals in the Catholic Church.
In 1673, Catholic Ireland yet again faced persecution--and this time, bishops like Oliver were banned entirely. Oliver went into hiding but did not abandon his people. It is said he thanked God “who gave us the grace to suffer for the chair of Peter.” Oliver was eventually caught and imprisoned and charged with treason.
He was brought to London to stand trial but was unable to defend himself adequately without support. He was unfairly tried--and many witnesses perjured themselves on the stand--and Oliver was sentenced to die by hanging. Despite the unfairness of his trial, Oliver never spoke badly against his brothers in order to save himself and he even publicly forgave all those who were responsible for his death!
St. Oliver Plunkett is the patron saint of Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland.