Passionist Fr. Ignatius Spencer

Ignatius SpencerFr. Ignatius Spencer, friend and supporter of Elizabeth Prout and our first sisters belonged to one of the oldest aristocratic families in Britain. Althorp was their family home.

On this day, over 150 years ago, Fr. Ignatius Spencer died. He had made a long journey from where he began at Althorp. His health had not been good for sometime. He had just returned from giving a mission is Scotland and was exhausted. Deciding to visit a friend on the way home he stopped at Carstairs, left his baggage at the train station and began walking to the house. On the way, he suffered a heart attack. His body was found in a ditch by the side of the road.

He is buried alongside Blessed Dominic Barberi and Elizabeth Prout in St. Anne’s, Sutton, St. Helens.

Enjoy this video about Althorp, the family home of Fr. Ignatius Spencer and Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales.

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