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By K.V. Turley, EWTN News, 2/1/20
LONDON — Tyburn Convent is situated in the heart of London, at the end of the busiest shopping street in Europe, Oxford Street, and facing the city’s Hyde Park. There is endless noise from the never-ending throng that passes the front of the convent, where, paradoxically, a special peace reigns inside its walls.
The name “Tyburn” is known to Catholics the world over. Tyburn Tree was the gallows where, during the years of intense persecution, 350 British Catholics were martyred, often hung, drawn and quartered, starting in 1535 with John Houghton, prior of the London Charterhouse, and ending in 1681 with Oliver Plunkett, the archbishop of Armagh. Both men — and many others brought to Tyburn Tree — were declared martyrs and saints by the Church.
The convent has a special veneration for these martyrs. The Benedictine community, the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre, was founded by Frenchwoman Marie-Adèle Garnier (Mother Marie de Saint-Pierre) in the Parisian quarter of Montmartre (Mount of the Martyr) in 1898. The community is dedicated to adoring the Blessed Sacrament. In addition, the London monastery is also dedicated to preserving the sacred memory of the martyrs who suffered their earthly fate a mere stone’s throw from the convent’s chapel. ….