St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
The Jesuit lay brother
left school early to care for his family when his father died. As a result, when he wanted to become a priest at age 39, he had to go back to school. Although he failed his classes, he still went on to become a doorkeeper at a college where he dutifully served others for 46 years as if they were God Himself. His story should encourage those with academic difficulties that there is still a place for them to serve others and God in amazing ways.