SAINT ALBERT THE GREAT, BISHOP

DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

1206-1280

FEAST DAY:  NOVEMBER 15TH

He was born around 1206, the son of a count  of Bollstadt and raised in Swabia, Germany.  He was known for his bright intellectual mind.  He attended the University of Padua, where he entered the Dominican order.  He completed his studies and taught in Cologne and in schools in several other cities.  He taught in Paris, France; one of his students was Saint Thomas Aquinas.  Later on Albert was elected provincial of the Dominican order in Germany.  Soon after he went to Rome and served as a theologian for the Papacy.  Albert along with Thomas Aquinas helped to organize the Dominican Order academically by drawing up rules and class schedules for the Dominican academic students.  In 1260, Albert was made bishop of Ratisbon.  He served two years as bishop and then resigned to return to Cologne to teach theology. Albert  worked for Pope Gregory X at a council, to try to help restore the Greek Church back to the Roman Catholic Church.  Albert had profound knowledge of the natural sciences and had knowledge of astronomy, geography, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, physiology and zoology.  He believed these sciences were given to men by God so that men could better understand God's creation of the earth and the universe and God Himself.  Albert had a treatise that proved that the earth was round and that there was more extensive land to be found in the Atlantic Ocean. Saint Albert died in Cologne, Germany on November 15, 1280.  Pope Pius XI made him a saint and declared him to be a Doctor of the Church in 1931.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER:  Ask Saint Albert to touch the minds of theologians in the Catholic Church to always guide them to teach accurately the tenets of the faith.

Saint Albert the Great, pray for us!

DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH, SAINT ALBERT THE GREAT

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