Essay Archive - Biography of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
Biography of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
Born at Segovia in Spain, 25 July, 1532; died at Majorca, 31
October, 1617. On account of the similarity of names he is often confounded
with Father Rodriguez the author of "Christian Perfection", who though
eminent in his holiness was never canonized. The Saint was a Jesuit lay-
brother who entered the Society at the age of forty. He was the son of a
wool merchant who had been reduced to poverty when Alfonso was still young.
At the age of twenty-six he married Mary Suarez, a woman of his own station,
and at thirty-one found himself a widow....