Born to a poor family with a history of alcoholism, Matt took to drink when still a child, and was considered a hopeless alcoholic by age thirteen. At age 28, he had conversion experience and, on his knees, he made a pledge of sobriety; he lived another 41 years without ever breaking that vow.
He was a member of the Transport and General Workers Union, and worked in a lumber yard on the docks of Dublin, Ireland. He was always poor and never cared, yet was always generous to people in need. He lived a life of prayer, fasting, and service, never taking credit, and, though a layman, tried to model himself on the sixth century Irish monks.
Even as his Cause is being investigated, some consider him a modern patron of alcoholics and other addicts. There are a number of Matt Talbot houses, inns, centers, etc. around the English speaking world, working to rescue and treat the addicted.
- “Venerable Matthew Talbot“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 March 2016. Web. 27 July 2016. <>