Augustine Baker

Benedictine writer on ascetical theology


December 9, 1575
August 9, 1641
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Fr Augustine Baker was a well-known Benedictine mystic and an ascetic writer. He was born in Abergavenny, and educated as a Protestant at Christ's Hospital and at Oxford, where he took up the study of the law. Later, becoming a Catholic after some strange spiritual experience, he gave up his work and went to Italy to become a Benedictine monk. For many years he traveled between England and the Continent, giving to the houses of his Order the benefit of his legal knowledge, and also of his spiritual treatises.

In his sixty-third year he was sent on his last mission to England. At that time, in 1638, a summons to the English mission was a summons to martyrdom; but Father Baker's struggle was not only against persecution, but also against bad health. Three years after his arrival in England he was on the point of being apprehended when he was struck by a contagious fever which scared away his pursuers. He died in concealment, not technically a martyr, but undoubtedly the victim of religious persecution.

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