St. Raymond of Penafort Ceramic Plaque
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(Raymond, Ramon, Ramundo) [1175-1275], is the patron of Canon Lawyers. He was a brilliant lawyer and teacher. At forty-seven, he decided to become a Dominican Friar, in part, to learn humility, which he lacked. Raymond feared no one. When the immoral King James ordered him to stay with him, Raymund is said to have taken his cape, laid it on the water and sailed back to Barcelona. He became General of the Dominican Order, Archbishop of Tarragona and confessor to the pope, who ordered him to gather into one work all scattered decrees of the popes and councils and all church laws. In three years he completed his Decretals in five books. His feast is January 7.