St. Albert's Day
33rd Annual St. Albert's Day 2012 will be held:
Thursday & Friday, October 25 & 26, 2012
This years event starts Thursday, Oct. 25th at 2:00 pm
History of St. Albert
St. Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus)
St. Albert’s Feast Day – November 15
Born: 1206 Lauingen an der Donau, Germany
Died: 1280 Cologne, Germany
Known as the “teacher of everything there is to know” “Doctor Universalis” (Universal Doctor and Doctor of Science)
Studied at University of Padua, Italy and University of Paris, France Albert was the eldest son of the Count of Bollstadt. He was a brilliant German Dominican philosopher and theologian. Albert mastered the works of Aristotle and strove to put into practice the principles of natural philosophy, confident that science and faith are not in conflict. Albert wrote extensive notes on many branches of science, made maps and charts, and experimented with plants and chemicals. To him is attributed the discovery of the element arsenic.
He also wrote a number of commentaries on the Bible and a number of works in which he developed his own philosophical-scientific-theological vision.
Albert took his degree as master of theology in 1245.
St. Thomas Aquinas became his student in 1245 and remained under Albert’s direction for three years. Albert outlived Thomas and as an old man came to the defense of his student when Thomas’ thought was brought under criticism.
November 15, 1280 Albert died in Cologne, Germany.
**December 15, 1931, Pope Pius XI declared Albert both a saint and a doctor of the Church**
**December 16, 1941, Pope Pius XII declared Albert the patron saint of the natural sciences**
- 1228 – De natura boni
- 1241- 42 – 6-part Summa parisiensis (sacraments of the church)
- 1252 – Began work on preparing a paraphrase of each of the known works of Aristotle.
- 1256 – De unitate intellectus contra Averroistas (refutation of Averroistic psychology)
- 1222 – Received into Dominican Order
- 1248 – Appointed Regent of Studies
- 1254-56 – Elected prior provincial for the German-speaking province of the order
- 1260-63 – Consecrated a bishop of the Church in Ratisbon