Blessed John Sugar (feast day 17th July) was born at Wombourne about 1558 and studied at St Mary’s Hall, Oxford. He became the perpetual curate of St Luke’s, Cannock, where he served for many years. At the end of the century he became a Catholic, studied abroad at the English College, Douai, and was ordained a priest on 21 April 1601. His ministry was in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire, where he travelled on foot and especially looked after the “poorer and meaner sort of Catholics”. Fr Sugar was arrested on the highway on 8 July 1603 as he fled from a raid on a Catholic house. He was executed at Warwick on 16 July 1604. Sugar said on the scaffold “Be ye all merry, for we have not occasion of sorrow but of joy: for although I shall have a sharp dinner, yet I trust in Jesus Christ that I shall have a most sweet supper”. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1987.