Coleridge, Henry James

(1822-1893) Writer and preacher, born Ottery Saint Mary, Devonshire, England; died Roehampton. He was the son of Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Judge of the King's Bench, and a grand-nephew of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the poet. Educated at Oxford, he received Anglican orders in 1848. He was actively interested in the Tractarian Movement and, although he served as curate at Alphington for a time, he abandoned the Anglican Communion and became a Catholic in 1852. Ordained in Rome in 1856, he joined the Jesuits on returning to England in 1857. He served as professor of Scripture at Saint Beuno's in North Wales from 1859-1865. He then went to London to become first Jesuit editor of "The Month," taking on the editorship of "The Messenger" also, after 1877. His published works include a classic commentary on "The Public Life of Our Lord," "The Life and Letters of Saint Francis Xavier," "The Life and Letters of Saint Teresa," and a harmony of the Gospels, "Vita Vitre Nostre," in English and Latin versions.

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