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Saint Albert the Great

Updated on June 8, 2009

About Saint Albert the Great

St. Albert the Great is also known as Albertus Magnus. He is primarily known as the instructor of St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Albert the Great is the patron saint of scientists and students, especially those who study science.

St. Albert was a genius, a brilliant man who spent most of his life teaching and educating. He is known throughout history as a philosopher and theologian. However, many didn't realize how special Albert the Great truly was.

Albert wrote scientific reports on many subjects, not just theology. He wrote important pieces covering metaphysics, mathematics and physics, in addition to philosophy. Albert was an authority on zoology, physiology, botany, biology and even chemistry.

It is astounding that Albert had time after all his educational work, to continue spreading the word of God. St. Albert the Great served as Bishop of Regensburg, and also served as a consultant to religious leaders throughout his entire adult life, including special consultant to the Pope.

One of the main lessons learned in the story of Albert the Great is that the Church believes that science and faith are intertwined.

As legend has it, St. Albert the Great understood geography so well, that he hypothesized that another island must exist to the west of the Britain... "and has been perhaps not yet been visited by man." These views eventually contributed to the discovery of America.

In addition to educating St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Albert was also responsible for educating Peter of Tarentasia, who later became Pope Innocent V. So St. Albert the Great not only had a profound impact on the lives of his students, but also carried great weight with the teachings of the Catholic faith through the 1200s.

Pope Gregory X invited St. Albert the Great to attend the Council of Lyons. However, immediately before the council began, Albert learned of St. Thomas's death. Albert then declared the "light of the church" had been extinguished.

St. Albert the Great -- amazing student, perpetual learner, leader of men and mentor to others, died in 1280, and was canonized a saint in 1931 by Pope Pius XI.

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      megni 5 years ago

      I learned about Saint Albert when I was researching the life of St. Thomas Aquinas: St. Thomas was large and gruff and some of the other classmates thought of him as the "dumb ox".His teacher Albertus Magnus that told them that the Dumb Ox would one day put them all to shame, or something along those lines.

      Thanks for your Hub.