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Father Ignatius, whose death has been reported, was as fine a specimen of "the good man gone wrong " as could be found in all England. He was the son of a London merchant, who had no sympathy with his eccentricities. The Rev Joseph Leicester Lyne, in his earlier years, was an East End curate, but he soon conceived the idea of reviving monasticisni in the Church of England, and to that idea he clung with extraordinary tenacity in spite of a multitude of difficulties and' discouragements. His . monastery ; was first located at Norwich, then in the Isle of Wight, then at Laleham (Surrey), and finally he settled down in the heart of the Black Mountains on the border of Here •• fordshire arid Brecon. .'He. called his establishment Llanthony, Abbey, though it is five or six miles, away from that grand old ruin. , In this, quiet retreat he and one or two of his entourage, on one occasion, were' favoured * with an ecstatic vision of the Virgin Mary; I should say that he was exactly the kind of man to whom such visions would appear. Occasionally he would emerge from his retirement to conduct- a "mission" in London or some great town, his discourses, which were full of rhetorical fervour, being a strange mixture of Catholicism and Evangelicalism. In spite of his monastic vagaries, he gained no little popularity among the people of South Wales, and at the meeting of the National Eisteddfod at Brecon last autumn, where he was one of the specially' selected, orators,; he received quite an ovation.: .Had Jie beeri.content<tb' submit to ecclesiastical discipline and to abandon' his project of reviving the order of St. Benedict, he might have become one of the,.-foremost- mission preachers of the Anglican Church". As it is his work will [probably die with him.

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FATHER IGNATIUS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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FATHER IGNATIUS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2429, 14 May 1890

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