Saint Brigid Religious Education
100 Mayflower Street
West Hartford, CT 06110
day: August 1.
Alphonsus was a Neapolitan lawyer who lost a court case in a spectacular
fashion when it turned out that a key document in his case had been
misinterpreted by him and in fact proved his opponent’s case instead. He
immediately left the law and studied for the priesthood.
preached in the rural districts around Naples, and it was his boast that
he never delivered a sermon that the poorest old woman in the
congregation could not understand. His bishop asked him to establish an
order of missionaries to work in the countryside, and the Congregation
of the Most Holy Redeemer. He was a bishop from 1762 to 1775, insisting
on the dignified and unhurried celebration of the Mass and the firm
treatment of persistent wrongdoers.
In spite of all this
storm and trouble, Alphonsus lived an exceptionally holy life. He
was also an outstanding moral theologian, and won back sinners to
the fold by patience and moderation.
in 1787 and after his canonization, he was placed by the Pope among
the Doctors of the Church