Baker, David Augustine

9kb gif New Catholic Dictionary illustration for 'David Augustine Baker' (1575-1641) Mystic and ascetical writer, born Abergavenny, England; died London. He became a Catholic, and later a Benedictine (1605), first, of the Cassinese Congregation in England, but afterward of the English Congregation. In collaboration with Father Jones and Father Clement Reyner, he published Apostolatus Benedictinorum in Anglia (Benedictine Apostolate in England). While spiritual director of a Benedictine convent of nuns at Cambrai (1624-1633), he wrote many ascetical treatises, an abstract of which is contained in his Sancta Sophia. In 1633 he removed to Douai, whence he proceeded to London, where he was subjected to persecution, and died of the plague.

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