L‘R. CHARLES JOSEPH WHITE, C.R.L., has been created Abbot of St. Mary's Abbey, Bodnain, in succession to the first Abbot, the late Abbot Smith, who died last year.
Born in Maldon, Essex, in 1909, and educated at St. Ignatius College, Stamford Hill, London, Fr. White joined the Bodmin Novitiate House of the Canons Regular of the Lateran in 1926. He also studied in Rome, where he was ordained in 1933 — 28 years ago on Sunday.
Fr. White served as Novice Master at Bodmin in 1934, and as Prior 1944-49 and 1955-61. He was appointed Visitor Provincial in 1946 and still holds this appointment. Construction of the new abbey church recommenced under his direction in January, 1959.
Fr. White is succeeded as Prior of Bothnia by Fr. Laurence Byrne. C.R.L. It is expected that the blessing of the new Abbot will take place some time next month.