Facts About St. Thomas Aquinas
-Became a Dominican friar at age 17.
-Showed great aptitude as a student, studied in
-As a young man, he was called the “dumb ox”, due to his silent ways and large size.
-Named a doctor of theology.
-Best known for writing Summa Theologica, which was essentially a summary of all the tenets of the Catholic faith. It is most well known for its “
Death and Canonization
-Died in 1274 on the way to a Church meeting, as a result of poor health.
-Investigated for sainthood, and canonized in 1323
-The feast of St. Thomas Aquinas was ranked by Pope Pius V as equal to the feasts of the four Latin fathers of the Church: Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory.
-In the 16th century at the Council of Trent, Summa Theologica was placed alongside the bible upon the altar.
-St. Thomas Aquinas is a Doctor of the Church.
-He was named the Patron of all Catholic universities and schools by Pope Leo XIII in 1880.
-Also the Patron Saint of:
academics, against lightning, booksellers, learning, philosophers, scholars, theologians, against storms, apologists, chastity, pencil makers, publishers, students, lightning
-It is estimated that on his travels across
-Thomas was over 6 feet tall, heavy and reserved.
-Aquinas was canonized despite the lack of healings, miracles and/or stigmata; a remarkable occurrence.
-“Aquinas" is a Latinized form of his family's Italian name, which reflected their dominion over an area including the