Birthdays on November 1
Oliver Plunkett was born into an influential Anglo-Norman family at Loughcrew, near Oldcastle, Co Meath. Becoming a Catholic priest he returned to Ireland during a time of Oliver Cromwell's anti-Catholic laws. He was falsely accused of treason and became the last Catholic to be executed in England for his faith.
Birth of William Borden, heir to a great fortune which he gave away, dedicating his life to missionary work for the Lord. A star at Yale University and an athletic hero the world over, he left it all to go to Islamic lands as a missionary. He never made it, dying of spinal menningitis in Egypt in transit to the field of his labors at just 25 years of age.