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The Exile Of Abbot Henry Gregory Gregory, 1859–1877

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Born in Cheltenham in 1813, into a family of landed gentry, converted to Catholicism at the age of 11 and educated by the Benedictines at Douai and Downside, Henry Gregory Gregory took the habit in 1833. Gregory was a member of Polding's missionary party which voyaged to New South Wales in 1835. Polding became very fond of him, describing him from a vantage point much later in life as having been his 'dimidium animae meae', the second half of his soul. In 1873 Gregory was toying with the idea of accompanying the English Benedictine monk, Roger Bede Vaughan, who was being sent out to Australia to assist Polding, although he worried about being coldshouldered in Sydney. Convinced that it was a mistake for a man to go back to a place where he had been a failure, Vaughan persuaded Gregory not to take this step even if permitted by Rome.

Keywords:Benedictines; Catholicism; Henry Gregory Gregory; John Bede Polding



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