|Thomas Goldwell C.R.|
|Bishop of Saint Asaph|
|Appointed||21 June 1555|
|Reign ended||3 April 1585|
|Successor||None; Diocese suppressed|
|Died||3 April 1585(aged 84)|
|Ordination history of Thomas Goldwell|
|Date of consecration||July 1555|
|Bishops consecrated by Thomas Goldwell as principal consecrator|
|Giovan Battista Serbelloni||6 April 1567|
|Donat O’Gallagher, O.F.M.||5 November 1570|
|Laurentius Bernardini, O.P.||28 September 1572|
|Marco Pedacca, O.S.B.||6 May 1584|
|Basilio Gradi, O.S.B.||6 May 1584|
Thomas Goldwell (died 3 April 1585) was an English bishop, the last of those who had refused to accept the English Reformation.
He became chaplain to Cardinal Pole and lived with him at Rome, was attainted in 1539, but returned to England on Mary's accession, and in 1555 became bishop of St Asaph, a diocese, largely within Wales, which he did much to win back to the Roman Catholic Church. Mary planned to make him Bishop of Oxford and ambassador to Rome in November 1558, and the documents were drawn up, but were not enacted due to her death. Goldwell attended Cardinal Pole's funeral by the Queen's permission and then returned to St Asaph's. When Elizabeth came to the throne, Goldwell complained of not being invited to her first parliament as a bishop, but then by June 1559 decided to escape from England.
In 1561 Goldwell became superior of the Theatines at San Silvestro, their house in Rome. He was the only English bishop at the council of Trent, and in 1562 was again attainted. In the following year he was appointed vicar-general to Carlo Borromeo, archbishop of Milan. Later, he returned to Rome, where he is known to have ordained the famous Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria as a priest. He died in Rome in 1585.
- Dictionary of National Biography entry
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of St Asaph