St. Albert of Jerusalem

Bishop and Lawgiver of Carmel
Feast day: 17September
Ceramic of Saints Albert & Brocard
by Adam Kossowski at The Friars, Aylesford.
Albert Avogadro was born in the middle of the twelfth century in Castel Gualteri in Italy. He became a Canon Regular of the Holy Cross at Mortara and was elected their prior in 1180. Named Bishop of Bobbio in 1184 and Bishop of Vercelli in 1185, he was made Latin Patriarch (Roman Catholic Bishop) of Jerusalem in 1205 where, in word and example, he was the model of a good pastor and peace-maker. While he was Patriarch (1206-1214) he united the hermits of Mount Carmel into one community and wrote a way of life document for them that became known as the Carmelite Rule of Saint Albert. He was murdered at Acre on 14th September 1214.

Let us pray

Lord God,
through Saint Albert of Jerusalem
you have given us a Rule of life
according to your Gospel
to help us attain perfect love.
Through his prayers
may we always live in allegiance to Jesus Christ
and serve faithfully until death
him who lives and reigns
with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever.

 Icon of St. Albert with the holy hermits of Mount Carmel,
by Sister Petra Clare, at the National Shrine of St. Jude in Faversham