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In the second of the series looking at the four holy men to whom the Diocese prays for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, this month we look at the life of Nicholas Garlick.

Nicholas was born in 1555 at Dailing, about one mile west of Glossop.  He matriculated from Gloucester Hall and became a school teacher in Tideswell.  In 1581 he went to Rheims to study for the priesthood.  He was ordained and sent to minister in England.  A few years later he was deported back to the college in Rheims.  Two days after arriving in Rheims he was on his way back to England.

  In England Catholics and especially Catholic priests were hunted down because their loyalty to the throne of England was suspect.

  On the night of 11-12 July Nicholas was caught at Padley, the home of the famous recusant family, the FitzHerberts, and he was found guilty of high treason and was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.  In Derby the sentence was carried out on 24 July, 1588.  He was killed for his commitment and his loyalty to his Catholic faith.

Padley Chapel