George Father Ignatius Of St. Paul (Spencer), an English clergyman, youngest son of John George, second Earl Spencer, born in London, Dec. 21, 1799, died at Carstairs, Scotland, Oct. 1, 1864. He graduated at Cambridge in 1819, took orders, and became rector of the family living of Brington in 1825. He joined the Roman Catholic church at Leicester in 1830, was ordained priest in 1832, and took charge of the missions of West Bromwich and Dudley. In 1839 he was appointed to an office in Oscott college, became soon afterward its rector, entered the order of Passionists in 1846, and contributed very much toward the extension of his order in Great Britain and Ireland, filling high offices therein till his death. He was chiefly distinguished for his extraordinary zeal in ministering to the spiritual wants of the laboring population, and for his efforts in establishing an association of prayers for the return of England to communion with the church of Rome. For this purpose, from 1838 till 1857, he repeatedly visited Ireland and the Roman Catholic countries on the continent, preaching and lecturing everywhere on this subject.
He wrote "Account of my Conversion " (1831), an autobiography and journal embodied by Father Pius in his "Life of Father Ignatius of St. Paul, Passionist" (Dublin and London, I866), and.a "Life of St. Paul of the Cross" (London, 1875).