Defender of Religious Liberty and Patron Saint of Lawyers
Sir Thomas More was born in London. As the son of a lawyer, he followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a skilled attorney himself. He was also a deeply pious Catholic and an accomplished philosopher.
Recognized for his talents, More served Henry VIII as Lord High Chancellor of England from 1529 to 1533. Despite his demanding career, More remained a devoted father, writing thoughtful letters to his children and overseeing their education.
More opposed Henry VIII’s separation from the Catholic Church. Proclaiming himself "the King’s good servant, but God’s first," More refused to take the Oath of Supremacy.
In response, the King imprisoned him, tried him for treason, and sentenced him to death. While hundreds of other noblemen sided with the King to save their own lives, More would not betray his conscience.
Canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935, Thomas More is now the patron saint of lawyers. He continues to inspire our mission to defend truth, justice, and the rights of conscience, just as he did centuries ago.