Born Martin Vonier in 1875, (on the feast of Martin of Tours), he came from a large family, that had emigrated to Württember from the Tyrol. His father was a farmer, who also ran a brickworks. After a few years, the family moved to Rissegg, where Martin attended the local school and became an altar boy.
In 1882, monks from fr:Abbaye Sainte-Marie de la Pierre-qui-Vire, who had been exiled from France, purchased the site of a former monastery near Buckfastleigh in Devon. In 1888, Vonier was one of the youths recruited for the new abbey at Buckfast.
The Spirit and the Bride (1935)
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