St David Lewis (not to be mistaken for Dr David Lewis the first Principle of Jesus College, Oxford who is buried at St Mary’s Priory) was born in Abergavenny in 1616. His father was Headmaster of Henry VIII Grammar School and his Great great grandfather Vicar of Abergavenny.
He was brought up as a Protestant but later became a Catholic. He studied law in London and then went to Paris. Both his parents died in 1638 and that same year, David set off for Rome. He entered the Venerable English College on 6th November 1638 to prepare for ordination to the Sacred Priesthood David Lewis assumed the name of Charles Baker (A common practice in those days of persecution). He completed his studies, receiving Minor Orders in June 1641 and was ordained to the Priesthood on 20th July 1642.
David Baker (David Lewis grandson) is famous as a mystic and writer. He was also instrumental in re-establishing the Benedictines in England.
He was made a Saint by Pope John Paul VI in 1970.
The next Monastic day at the ancient Benedictine Priory Church of St Mary Abergavenny is on February 29th.