About St. Thomas Aquinas
St Thomas Aquinas was born in Sicily January 28th 1227 and died March 7, 1274. He is a Doctor of the Church, a teacher and writer of Philosophy and Theology. He initially started his religious life at the age of 5 in a Benedictine monastery where his uncle was the abbot, but impressed by the Dominicans at age 19, wished to move to their monastery. His family was angry and, in order to save the family honor, kidnapped and imprisoned him for 2 years in the family castles – even sent a prostitute to his room to try to seduce him from his vow of chastity. He chased her away with a fire iron. His mother, seeking to save the family dignity, let him escape where he found his way to the Dominican monastery in Rome. He studied with leading scholars of the day and eventually, one of his writings, the Summa Theologica became the required source of theological studies in all Catholic seminaries throughout the world. His feast day is January 28th.