About Today, November 15, 2019; Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

About Today, November 15, 2019; Saint Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

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St. Albert the Great was a bishop, theologian, philosopher and scientist in the 13th century. 

Raised by an aristocratic family, he was well-educated at the universities of Padua and Bologna. 

He was brilliant and inquisitive, excelling in the natural sciences as well as theology and philosophy. 

In 1222, he joined the Dominican Order and began lecturing, mentoring, and writing. 

St. Thomas Aquinas was one of his pupils. 

He served as provincial superior of the Dominicans in Germany and taught for many years at Cologne. 

St. Albert the Great was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931 by Pope Pius XI, who named him patron of students of the natural sciences. [1][2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti

Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Albertus Magnus.” 

[2] F.L. Cross and E.A. Livingstone, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (London: Oxford University Press, 1974), 29-30.

[3] Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.