The Canons Regular of the Lateran, based at their Abbey in Bodmin, played a key role in the revival of the Catholic faith in Cornwall in the 19th century. They arrived in England from France in 1881, as a result of the anti-clerical legislation in that country at that time, and were asked by the Bishop of Plymouth to remain in his diocese to assist in the re-evangelization of Cornwall, based in a mother-house in Bodmin. During the years which followed, they established missions in many Cornish towns and these remain as permanent Catholic churches today. Abbot Anthony spent his novitiate in Bodmin. He gives a personal account of his life as a young novice, as well as an overview of the history of the Canons in Cornwall and their foundation as an Order in the 4th century by St Augustine of Hippo.
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