LIGUORI, St Alphonsus (Alphonso Maria de’). b. Marianella, near Naples, 27 September 1696; d. Pagani, near Salerno, 1 August 1787. Born into an ancient and noble family, he studied law at a very young age at the University of Naples (1708-13). He became a lawyer at Naples, but following what he saw as unjust practice he left the law in 1723 to study theology. He was ordained in 1726, and became Bishop of Castellamare di Stabia in 1730. There he founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Saviour in 1732, a community of priests dedicated to mission, especially among the poor and rural people. In 1749 it was confirmed by the Pope under the name of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer,...
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