Book of Saints – Saint Alphonsus Liguori

detail of a devotional print of Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, c.1880, artist unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

August 1

Alphonsus was born near Naples in Italy, in 1696, of a noble family. At nineteen he began to practice law and became one of the leading lawyers in Naples. He never went to the law courts without having first attended Mass. He made up his mind to become a priest.

Alphonsus started a community of priests in honor of the Most Holy Redeemer. They are called Redemptorists.

Alphonsus preached missions in the parishes and large crowds came to hear him. He had a great love for the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He wrote several books.

The Pope commanded Alphonsus to become a bishop. During the thirteen years that he was bishop, his health was never good. At 71 he suffered with very painful rheumatism which left him a cripple for the rest of his life. He made a vow never to waste any of his time, and kept it for his ninety-one years. Though his head was so badly bent that his chin pressed against his chest, he continued to preach missions and write books to the end.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Alphonsus Liguori”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 January 2019. Web. 18 October 2019. <>