The 1535 Society

The 1535 Society

1535 society launch

The 1535 Society was formed as part of the Chapel Royal Appeal to promote an understanding of the role within British history of St Thomas More and other Christian martyrs who lost their lives in pursuit of the freedom to express their religious beliefs.

On 22 October 2013 the Bishop of London and Archbishop of Westminster came together at HM Tower of London to signify the launch of the 1535 Society.

The 1535 Society aims to promote an understanding of the role within British history of St Thomas More and other Christian martyrs who lost their lives in pursuit of the freedom to express their religious beliefs. Its members will also, together, contribute to the restoration of the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London and its Crypt of St Thomas More. 

The Bishop and the Archbishop, together with the Chaplain of the Chapel Royal HM Tower of London, The Rev Canon Roger Hall, said prayers both written by and for St Thomas More as part of proceedings.

General the Lord Dannatt said:

'The Chapel is a vital focal point for the Tower community and St Thomas More is a key figure in the Tower’s history. I am enormously grateful to the Archbishop of Westminster and the Bishop of London in joining together, today, in honouring a saint of both main Christian traditions and other Christian martyrs, and in helping us give the Chapel and the Crypt the care that they deserve.'

The Archbishop of Westminster and The Bishop of London released a joint statement saying:

'We must never forget our past if we want to walk wisely into the future. That is why it is so important that we preserve this shrine to remind us of the dangers of religious intolerance and to recall men and women of faith to the primacy of love for God which leads to love of neighbour.'

For queries about The 1535 Society please email Toby.Wheeler@hrp.org.uk or call 020 3166 6780.

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