BORN in Igolomia near Kraków, Adam was the oldest of four children in a wealthy family. Eighteen years later, during the 1864 revolt against Czar Alexander III, Adam lost his left leg.
He became a popular, well-known and well-liked artist. He was gentle and compassionate and felt called to help those in need. Finally, he realized that this desire was how God was calling him into His service.
He gave up his work as an artist and became a Secular Franciscan. He took the name Albert.
St. Albert founded the Brothers of the Third Order of Saint Francis, Servants to the Poor, or the Albertine brothers named after him. They worked primarily with the homeless regardless of age, religion or politics. A community of Albertine sisters was established 3 years later in 1891.
In 1949, Father Karol Wojtyla, now known as Pope John Paul II, wrote The Brother of Our God, a play about Brother Albert's life.
St Albert's life reminds us that, no matter how many things we do in life, our most imortant call is to serve Jesus in one another.
St. Albert, you persevered until you understood and answered God's call. Please interceed for us, and help us to
understand and answer our call. Remind us also to serve Jesus through one another.
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