|Birth: ||Mar. 31, 1890|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 1978|
The son of Edward Agius and Concetta Muscat, Tancred Agius was born in London, England, on March 31, 1890. After two years in St. Leonard School, he continued his studies at Downside Abbey. Having obtained his higher school certificates, he followed in the steps of his uncle, Archbishop Ambrose Agius OSB., (1856 - 1911), and joined the English Benedictine Congregation. Clothed by Abbot Cuthbert Butler, he entered the Novitiate at Downside Abbey in October 1908, and was given the name Ambrose.
Agius professed on October 17, 1909. Abbot Butler gave him the Minor Orders in July 1910, and then was sent to read Classics at Benet House Cambridge, Christ's College. That same year he won the classical Scholarship and Skeat Prize. Taking his Solemn Monastic Profession on December 13, 1912, following his ordination to the sub-diaconate, he was sent to Rome at the College of Sant'Ambrogio to further his studies.
On his return to Downside Abbey, Ambrose was ordained deacon by Bishop Burton and was ordained to the Priesthood on September 19, 1916. During the Second World War, he distinguished himself as a Chaplain to the British Forces. His promising military career was suddenly terminated after being wounded while serving on the French and Belgian fronts. His brave act and the high esteem he enjoyed amongst troops were mentioned in several war despathces.
While being priest in charge at Radstock between 1918 and 1932, Agius founded new Parishes at Peasedown and Norton St. Philip. He then served as Parish Priest at Whitehaven from 1932 till 1934, and St. Mary's at Liverpool between 1934 and 1935 and again from 1939 until 1945.
Dom Ambrose was among the Downside Monks who volunterred to run the new foundation at Ealing, giving help in the Parish and in the School. He also served as Chaplain at St. David's Homes until 1957. Back to Ealing in 1945, he served as Prior for two consecutive years. In September 1947, he transferred his monastic stability to Ealing Priory on its becoming independent. As Curate in charge of the Parish, he founded the parish magazine and after a year as Junior Master at Ealing, was sent to Fort Augustus Abbey in Scotland for the following year. He was also sent to the United States of America where he helped a lot in raising funds to Abbey Building Fund in 1958. In Spring of that year, Agius stopped in Malta and was operated successfully for duodenal ulcer.
Recalled to Ealing as Cathedral Prior of Gloucester in 1968, Agius collapsed in his room on February 17, 1978. Rushed to hospital, he died fourteen days later at 87 years of age. Dom Ambrose was a pioneer of the National Catholic Society for Animal Welfare. For many years he edited the society's magazine 'The Ark'. He was also renowned as one of the best English Benedictine poets and writers, authoring along the years, various publications.
London Borough of Ealing
Greater London, England
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Nov 14, 2012
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Added: Nov. 14, 2012