St. Raymond of Penyafort


 
Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/07


Patron Of: Attorneys, Barristers, Canonists, Lawyers, Medical Records Librarians

Also known as
    Raimund av Peñafort
    Raymond of Peñafort
    Raymund of Penafort

Memorial
    7 January
    formerly 23 January

Profile
    Aragonian nobility. Educated at the cathedral school in Barcelona. Philosophy teacher around age 20. Priest. Graduated law school in Bologna, Italy. Joined the Dominicans in 1218. Summoned to Rome in 1230 by Pope Gregory IX. Assigned to collect all official letters of the popes since 1150. Raymond gathered and published five volumes, and helped write Church law.

    Master general of the Dominicans in 1238. Reviewed the Order's Rule, made sure everything was legally correct, then resigned his position in 1240 to dedicate himself to parish work. The pope wanted to make Raymond an archbishop, but he declined, instead returning to Spain and the parish work he loved. His compassion helped many people return to God through Reconciliation.

    During his years in Rome, Raymond heard of the difficulties missionaries faced trying to reach non-Christians of Northern Africa and Spain. Raymond started a school to teach the language and culture of the people to be evangelized. With Saint Thomas Aquinas, he wrote a booklet to explain the truths of faith in a way nonbelievers could understand. His great influence on Church law led to his patronage of lawyers.

Born
    1175 at Penafort, Catalonia, Spain

Died
    6 January 1275 at Barcelona, Spain of natural causes

Canonized
    29 April 1601 by Pope Clement VIII

Patronage
    attorneys
    barristers
    canonists
    lawyers
    medical record librarians



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