St Alphonsus, who was born in Naples in 1696, gave up his legal profession to dedicate himself to God instead. After having been ordained priest in 1726, he ministered to the poor of Naples, and founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists), dedicated to preaching to common people. He has written books on moral theology, was chosen bishop, and was declared Doctor of the Church in 1871. St Alphonsus died in 1787.
O God, who constantly raise up in your Church
new examples of virtue,
grant that we may follow so closely
in the footsteps of the Bishop Saint Alphonsus
in his zeal for souls
as to attain the same rewards that are his
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.