Author: Fr. Ignatius of the Side of Jesus, Passionist

Fr. Ignatius (Carsidoni) of the Side of Jesus (1801-1844) was one of the Passionists who were instrumental in the restoration of Catholic England in the 19th century. He taught theology in Rome. There he became enflamed with the zeal of his fellow Passionist, Bl. Dominic Barberi (1792-1849), for the conversion of England. Bl. Dominic had inherited this supernatural passion from St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775), the founder of the Passionists. They made contact with the English Catholic lady Mrs. Louisa Canning in 1831, and eventually succeeded in planting the Passionist order in England in 1842. Bl. Dominic later received St. John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church in 1845.