Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Memorial of Saint Albert Avogadro, Bishop and Lawgiver of Carmel

I shall pick this one of the many saints celebrated today to honor. This is as this morning I attended daily mass at a Carmelite chapel, and the mass there honored this particular saint.
So who is this saint? I have two sites on him: here and here. But basically he was:

- born in 1149 at Parma, Italy
- became a Canon Regular of the Holy Cross at Mortara and was elected their prior in 1180
- named Bishop of Bobbio in 1184, bishop of Vercelli in 1185, and Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1205
- mediated disputes between the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Cyprus, as well as between the Knights Templar and the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia
- united the hermits of Mount Carmel into one community (the Carmelite order) and wrote a Rule for them while serving as Patriarch of Jerusalem
- was assassinated in Acre on on 14 September 1214 by a disgruntled cleric

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