St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
Patron Saint of Confessors and Moral Theologians
Alphonsus was born in 1696 near Naples, Italy, to a naval officer and his Spanish wife. Educated at the University of Naples, Alphonsus received his doctorate at the age of sixteen.
By nineteen he was practicing law, but he decided to give his life to God and left the practice to do apostolate.
On December 21, 1726, Alphonsus was ordained a priest. He spent six years doing apostolate throughout Naples, gathering followers as he went.