Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Sadler, Thomas (1604-1681)

SADLER, THOMAS, in religion Vincent Faustus (1604–1681), Benedictine monk, born in Warwickshire in 1604, was converted to the catholic religion by his uncle, Father Robert Sadler (d. 1621), first Benedictine provincial of Canterbury. Entering the order of St. Benedict, he made his profession at St. Laurence's monastery at Dieulouard in 1622. He was sent to the mission in the southern province of England; became cathedral prior of Chester, and definitor of the province in 1661. In 1671 he and John Huddleston, another Benedictine, visited Oxford to see the solemnity of the Act, and on that occasion Anthony à Wood made their acquaintance (Wood, Autobiogr. ed. Bliss, p. lxix). Sadler died at Dieulouard on 19 Jan. 1680–1.

His works are:

  1. An English translation of Cardinal Bona's ‘Guide to Heaven, containing the Marrow of the Holy Fathers and Ancient Philosophers,’ 1672, 12mo.
  2. ‘Children's Catechism,’ 1678, 8vo.
  3. ‘The Devout Christian,’ 4th edit., 1685, 12mo, pp. 502.

He was also the joint author with Anselm Crowder [q. v.] of ‘Jesus, Maria, Joseph, or the Devout Pilgrim of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary,’ Amsterdam, 1657, 12mo. He probably wrote, or at least enlarged, a book of ‘Obits’ attributed to his uncle Robert.

[Oliver's Cornwall, p. 523; Snow's Necrology, p. 69; Tablet, 1879, ii. 495, 526, 590, 623; Weldon's Chronological Notes, pp. 122, 156, 193, Suppl. p. 15.]

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