Martyr saints return to Cardiff for 3 day visit

Following the discovery of the skulls and collection of bones in an attic in Holywell during the Covid-19 lockdown, the remains of the martyr saints Philip Evans and John Lloyd return to Cardiff tomorrow (Monday 11th July) for a 3 day visitation.

Both men were martyred for the faith in Cardiff in 1679.  As the events of the English Reformation unfolded the area had become unsafe for Catholic priests.  Both Evans and Lloyd were captured and jailed in Cardiff Castle before being hung, drawn and quartered for the crime of treason (for being Catholic priests) on what is now the junction of Crwys Road and Richmond Road, this site of which is marked by a blue plaque.

The 3 day visit will be marked by a series of events as per the schedule below.  All events are open to the public to take the opportunity to visit the relics of these saints.

2.15pm Procession from St Philip Evans Primary School to Church

2.30pm Mass at St Philip Evans Church, Llanedeyrn Drive, Cardiff CF23 9UL

10.30 am Procession from St John Lloyd Primary School to Church

11.00am Mass at St John Lloyd Church, Glan y Mor Road, Cardiff. CF3 1RQ

7.00pm Mass at St Illtyd’s High School, Newport Rd, Cardiff. CF3 1XO

10.30am – Children’s Mass at St David’s Cathedral, Charles Street, Cardiff. CF10 2SF

7.00pm – Mass at St. David’s CathedralCharles Street, Cardiff. CF10 2SF