Catholic Chaplaicy of St Thomas More
Our Patron - St. Thomas More
The Patron of the University of Surrey Catholic Chaplaincy is St. Thomas More (1477/1478–1535). He was a humanist scholar, author and statesman. He served King Henry VIII as a diplomatic envoy and as Privy Councillor prior to his election as speaker of the House of Commons in 1523. In 1529 More succeeded Cardinal Wolsey as Lord Chancellor, but three years later he resigned that office over the issue of Henry’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon. He refused to subscribe to the Act of Supremacy, making the King head of the Church of England, and for this he was convicted of high treason and beheaded. He was beatified in 1886 and canonized in 1935 on the four-hundredth anniversary of his death. His feast day is the 22nd June.
Prayer of St. Thomas More
give me the grace so to spend my life,
that when the day of my death shall come,
though I may feel pain in my body,
I may feel comfort in soul;
and with faithful hope of thy mercy,
with due love toward thee,
and charity toward the world,
I may, through thy grace,
part hence into thy glory.
St. Thomas More Resources on the Internet
St. Thomas More has a biography and a list of works, essays and articles written by More.
The St. Thomas More Web Site also has a biography and a list of works by More. It also has details of other St. Thomas More resources.
The Thomas More Web Site has plenty of interesting information and a large number of related links.
The Oregon State University - Utopian Visions web page has a Thomas More timeline, discussions on Thomas More and a searchable text of More's Utopia.
Romualid Ian Lakowski wrote his PhD Dissertation on 'Sir Thomas More and the Art of Dialogue'. He has an extensive Thomas More Bibliography from this dissertation.
A large number of sites contain a short account of St. Thomas More's life. These include-
The Catholic Encyclopaedia
Catholic Online Saints has a very brief biography
St. Benedict Centre
Biblical Evidence for Catholicism