Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and Founder of the Redemptorists (1696-1787)
+ Alphonsus was born in Naples, Italy, 1696. After working as a lawyer for some years, he gave up his career and was ordained a priest in 1726.
+ Recognizing the needs of the poor, Alphonsus felt called to establish a new congregation of missionaries. Despite opposition from local clergy and dissension among the first members, the Rule of Life for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists) was approved in 1749.
+ Alphonsus wrote numerous theological and devotional works. Also honored a gifted preacher, Alphonsus was named bishop of Sant’Agata dei Goti but resigned after 13 years to resume his work with his Redemptorist confreres.
+ After suffering from debilitating arthritis for several years, Saint Alphonsus Liguori died in 1787. Canonized in 1839, he was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871.
+ Saint Alphonsus is honored as the patron saint of moral theologians and those suffering from arthritis.
For prayer and reflection
“All holiness and perfection of soul lies in our love for Jesus Christ our God, who is our Redeemer and our supreme good. It is part of the love of God to acquire and to nurture all the virtues which make one perfect.”—Saint Alphonsus Liguori
On August 1 we also remember Blessed Gerhard Hirschfelder. A priest of the archdiocese of Münster, Germany, and a member of the Schoenstatt Movement, he was arrested for publicly preaching against Nazism in 1941 and sent to the concentration camp at Dachau where he died on August 1, 1942. He was beatified in 2010.
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O God, who constantly raise up in your Church new examples of virtue,
grant that we may follow so closely in the footsteps
of the Bishop Saint Alphonsus in his zeal for souls
as to attain the same rewards that are his in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.