Book of Saints – Thomas Aquinas

photograph of a Saint Thomas Aquinas roundel, Convento de Las Duenas, Salamanca, Spain; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Father Lawrence Lew, OPArticle

(Saint) Doctor of the Church (March 7) (13th century) The famous “Angelic Doctor,” the chief exponent of Scholastic Philosophy, which is fundamentally that of Aristotle, brought into harmony with Christian belief. He was one of the most marvellously gifted of thinkers. Born near Aquino in the South of Italy (A.D. 1225), and educated at Monte Cassino, he joined the then newly founded Dominican Order, was made a Doctor by the University of Paris, and thenceforward taught and wrote brilliantly and successfully all his life long. He died at Fossanova, near Toulouse, A.D. 1274, and was canonised A.D. 1323. His works on Theology and Philosophy are voluminous, and have been again and again republished. To his Metaphysical system the Church has given marked preference. The Summa Theologica, his latest and unfortunately uncompleted work, is that on which his reputation mainly rests. It has passed through numerous editions, notwithstanding its bulk, and deals with the whole of Catholic dogma. Saint Thomas was a Religious of most holy life. His devotion to the Sacrament of the Altar led to his composing the Office and Mass of Corpus Christi, gems of the Roman Liturgy.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Thomas Aquinas”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 March 2017. Web. 20 January 2021. <>