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September 30 2016

Our School Saints

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St Albert the Great

St Albert the Great

Albert was born in Swabia – a region that now contains Stuttgart, Germany – around 1200. He studied at the University of Padua and the University of Paris, which then was the intellectual center of western Europe. He joined the Dominican Order and became the first German Dominican friar to receive a master of theology degree.  Albert also was a renowned scholar and researcher in natural science – studying animals, birds, insects, plants and minerals. His 40 volumes of writings served as an encyclopedia of human knowledge at the time in physics, geography, astronomy, mineralogy, chemistry, biology, mathematics, scripture, philosophy and theology.  His contemporaries called him “Albert the Great” (“Albertus Magnus”) and “universal doctor.” Thomas Aquinas was his pupil in Cologne.
Albert preached throughout the German and Bohemian regions, becoming one of the most famous preachers in western Europe. In 1256, he became papal theologian in Rome. Many of his writings focused on Mary, Mother of Jesus.  He died in 1280. In 1931, Pope Pius XI proclaimed him a saint and doctor of the church. In 1941, Pope Pius XII proclaimed him patron saint of natural scientists.

His feast day is Nov. 15.

 

St John the Baptist

 

St John the Baptist

John was born to an elderly couple called Zechariah and Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s cousin Mary came to visit while she was waiting for her baby to be born.    John was a prophet who preached the coming of Christ as the Messiah. John preached in the desert and baptised people in the river Jordan who turned away from their sins. He told them that God would forgive them. Jesus came to be baptised and was revealed as the son of God; this was the most important act of John’s life.

The feast day for John the Baptist is 24th June.

 

 

 

St Elizabeth

 

St Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth was Mary’s cousin she was beyond child-bearing age. St. Elizabeth was married to Zechariah. Mary visited Elizabeth. Elizabeth felt honoured that her cousin had come to visit her. She knew that Mary would soon be the mother of our Lord. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby inside her leapt for joy. Elizabeth felt very privileged to be chosen to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to have such a special child after waiting for many years to have a baby. Elizabeth gave birth to son, John. When he grew up he baptised Jesus and then became known as John the Baptist.

The feast Day for St Elizabeth is 5th November

 

 

St Francis

 

St Francis

St Francis was born in Assisi, Italy. He is often represented in art among animals and birds, which he called his sisters and brothers. He is the patron saint of animals and of the environment.  In 1205 he left his way of life, devoting himself to the care of the poor and the sick, living as a hermit. He was the founder of the Franciscan order.  He preached widely in Europe and the Holy Land.   The friars travelled through central Italy and beyond, preaching for people to turn to Christ. In his life and preaching, Francis emphasized simplicity and poverty, relying on God’s love rather than worldly goods. The brothers worked or begged for what they needed to live, and any surplus was given to the poor. Francis turned skills to the writing of prayers and hymns.

St Francis of Assisi died in his home town at the young age of 44 October 1226. His feast day is 4th October. He was canonized in 1228.

 

St Bernadette

 

St Bernadette

St Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France (7th January 1844). Her parents were very poor and she herself was in poor health. One Thursday, February 11th, 1858, when she was sent with her younger sister and a friend to gather firewood, a very beautiful lady appeared to her above a rose bush in a grotto called Massabielle. The lovely lady was dressed in blue and white. She smiled at Bernadette and then made the sign of the cross with a rosary of  ivory and gold. Bernadette fell on her knees, took out her own rosary and began to pray the rosary.

The beautiful lady was God’s mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. She appeared to Bernadette seventeen other times and spoke with her. She told Bernadette that she should pray sinners, do penance and have a chapel built there in her honour. Many people did not believe Bernadette when she spoke of her vision. Many people did not believe Bernadette when she spoke of her vision. She had to suffer much, but one day Our Lady told Bernadette to dig in the mud. As she did, a spring of water began to flow. The next day it continued to grow larger and larger. Many miracles happened when people began to use this water.

When Bernadette was older, she became a nun. She was always very humble. More than anything else, she desired not to be praised. Once a nun asked her if she had temptations of pride because she was favoured by the Blessed Mother. “How can I?” she answered quickly. “The Blessed Virgin chose me only because I was the most ignorant.” What humility! Her feast day is April 16th. She died on 16 April 1879.