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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 15th November.

St Alban

Saint Alban of Verulamium, Protomartyr of Britain / OrthoChristian.Com

Saint Alban lived in Verulamium, sometime during the 3rd or 4th century. He lived during the period of time when many British were under the control of the Romans and at a time when Christianity was unpopular.

Alban’s journey to Christianity began when he met a Christian priest (now known as Amphibalus) fleeing from persecutors. Alban decided to shelter and protect him in his house. During this time, Alban became inspired by the faith, piety and charity of the priest. Alban soon began emulating the priest and eventually decided to convert to Christianity.

Eventually, those who were hunting the priest found that he was sheltering in Alban’s house. So, to give the priest time to escape, Alban dressed in the priest’s cloak and clothing and gave himself over to them. When the judge heard that Alban had offered himself up in place of the priest, Alban was sentenced to endure all the punishments that were to be inflicted upon the priest, unless he would comply with the rites of their religion. Alban refused, and declared: “I worship and adore the true and living God who created all things.”

He has a major shrine and abbey dedicated to him in the city of St. Albans on the place where he was martyred.

St Alban is the patron saint of converts and refugees.

His Feast day is 22nd June

St Josephine Bakhita

 

At the age of seven, Josephine was kidnapped from her village home and sold into slavery. Bakhita was sold several different times and often felt the pain of a whip against her body when given an order to do something. Eventually, she was sold to an Italian family living in Sudan. Here is where she first experienced kindness since the time she was kidnapped. When this Italian family decided to move back to Italy, Bakhita was heartbroken. “Please don’t sell me! Let me come with you!” she begged. They agreed. But after arriving in Italy they sold her to another family, the Michielis. Fortunately, this family treated her kindly too.

When the Michielis had a baby named Mimmina, Bakhita became her babysitter and later, friend. These two were inseparable. A few years later, Mr. and Mrs. Michielis had to travel to Africa for business. They sent their daughter Mimmina to a convent for school and Bakhita accompanied the girl. While at this convent, Bakhita first learned about God and the Catholic faith. After several months she received the sacraments and was given a new name, Josephine. Her soul was filled with joy. Believing that they still “owned” Bakhita, the Michielis demanded that she leave with them when they returned for Mimmina.

Josephine Bakhita refused to leave and went to court. The Italian court ruled that since Josephine Bakhiita was in Italy and slavery was illegal in Italy, she was FREE! Josephine Bakhita entered the convent in 1893 and took her vows December 8, 1896.

St Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of Sudan and victims of human trafficking.

Her feast day is 8th February.

St Ursula

Though the accounts vary, St. Ursula’s story consistently connects her with fourth or fifth century women who were accompanying a British king’s daughter and were martyred by Huns in Cologne while returning from a pilgrimage to Rome. Ursula, the Christian princess, had embarked on the pilgrimage to avoid an arranged marriage to a pagan king. When offered her life in return for marrying the Hun leader, she refused and was also killed.

St. Ursula is the patron saint of the teaching order of nuns called Ursulines, dedicated for centuries especially to the education of girls. She has become known as the patron of Catholic education, teachers, and students.

Her feast day is 21st October.

St Martin De Porres

Men Saint Icons: St. Martin de Porres Icon | Monastery Icons

St. Martin de Porres was a Dominican mystic and friend of St. Rose of Lima. He was born in Lima, Peru, the son of a Spanish knight, John de Porres, and a freed Panamanian slave named Anna. In 1594, Martin became a Dominican lay brother in Lima and served in various menial offices. Outside of the monastery he became known for his care of the poor and the sick. Martin founded an orphanage and ministered to African slaves brought to Lima. He was aided by St. Rose of Lima, who respected his penances and labors. When he was dying in Rosary Convent on November 3, the viceroy, the count of Chichón, knelt by his bed, seeking Martin’s blessing.

St Martin de Porres is the patron saint of social justice and racial harmony.

His feast day is 3rd November.