Who is St. Thomas of Villanova?
by: Jenneth Kate Telebanco
Identify is an essential quality that everyone needs to possess because such makes us distinct from others. As Thomasians, we are constantly challenged and formed at CST-R to pattern ourselves after our very own Patron, St. Thomas of Villanova, whose identity we bear.
St. Thomas of Villanova was born and raised in Fuenllana, Ciudad Real, Spain in 1486. He was sent to study at Alcala de Henares, a famous university during its renowned years. Having been known as an exemplary pupil and professor, he was offered professorship at an equally famous University at Salamanca yet he refused the offer and requested admission into the Augustinian monastery. He entered on November 21, 1516 and made his profession on November 25, 1517.
He died on September 8, 1555. He was known for his zealous works and a prayerful life. He came to the aid of the poor. Thus he is known as “The Almsgiver” and “The Father of the Poor.”