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White, Andrewlocked

(1579–27 December 1656)
  • J. A. Leo Lemay


White, Andrew (1579–27 December 1656), Jesuit missionary and promotion writer, was born in London, England. The names and occupations of his parents are unknown. He matriculated at Douai College, France, in April 1593. After studying at other Catholic colleges, he returned to Douai, arriving on 4 June 1604, where he took vows as a priest in 1605. He then went to England, where, since the Gunpowder Plot had just been discovered, Catholic priests were being persecuted. Promptly arrested and imprisoned, White was banished from England on penalty of death. On 1 February 1607 he was admitted as a novitiate at Jesuit college of St. John’s, Louvain, Belgium. In 1612 White returned to London as a Jesuit missionary. From then until 1633, he alternated between various teaching positions on the Continent and missionary posts in England....

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