Thomas of Aquino, confessor and doctor, commonly called The Angelical Doctor, “on account of," says Dom Gueranger, "the extraordinary gift of understanding wherewith God had blessed him," was born of noble parents, his father being Landulph, Count of Aquino, and his mother a rich Neapolitan lady, named Theodora. The exact date of his birth is not known, but most trustworthy authorities give it as 1227. At the age of five he was sent to the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino to receive his first training, which in the hands of a large-hearted and God-fearing man, resulted in so filling his mind with knowledge and his soul with God, that it is said the monks themselves would often approach by stealth to hear the words of piety and wisdo… Go to person page >
Translator: H. T. Henry
Born: November 27, 1862, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Died: March 12, 1946, Jessup, Pennsylvania.
Henry attended LaSalle College, the University of Pennsylvania, and St. Charles Seminary, Overbrook, Pennsylvania. After ordination in 1889, he taught English and Latin at the seminary until 1894, music and literature until 1917, and directed the seminary choir. He went on to serve as Rector of the Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys (1902-19), and professor of homiletics at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (1919-37). He is also remembered as a lecturer at the Catholic Summer School, Cliff Haven, New York; president of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia; editor of Church Music (1905-14); and aut… Go to person page >