New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez

painting 'Vision of Alonso Rodriquez', by Francisco de Zurbarán, Museo de la Academia de San Fernando, MadridArticle

(Alonso Rodriguez) (15321617) Confessor, born Segovia, Spain; died Majorca. After the death of his wife (Maria Suarez) and his three children, he was admitted into the Socicty of Jesus as a lay brother, 13 January 1571, either at Valencia or Gandia. At the end of six months he was sent to the college at Majorca where he remained as porter for 46 years. He exercised great influence on the members of the household and many others who came to him for advice and direction. He pointed out to Saint Peter Claver his future work as apostle of the Negroes in South America. In 1626 he was declared Venerable, and in 1633 was chosen by the Council General of Majorca as one of the special patrons of the city and island. His beatification was delayed until 1825, because of the expulsion of the Society from Spain in 1773. Canonized, 1887. Relics at Majorca. Feast, 30 October.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 July 2012. Web. 19 January 2019. <>