A well-educated son of a noble family, Alphonsus
Liguori was awarded doctorates of civil and canon
law at the age of 16. He followed his father’s will,
becoming a gifted lawyer by the age of 20. This work
did not satisfy him and after losing an important court
case he left the profession and entered the priesthood.
In 1732 Alphonsus dedicated himself completely to
the service of the poor and abandoned. He sought
others with this call and began the Redemptorist
order. Three images formed his teaching; the infant
Jesus in the crib, Jesus crucified, Jesus vibrantly alive
and filled with love in the Eucharist. Alphonsus
brought God’s love to the people through his gift of
music and composing, spiritual writing and painting.
Alphonsus was a man of passion and volatility who
found his balance and security in devotion to the