Feast day: January 7
When did St. Raymond of Penafort live: 1175- 1275
St. Raymond of Penafort was born in Spain as a relative of the King of Aragon. Already in young years, he developed a special love for the Holy Virgin. After his studies, he became a teacher and later entered the Order of the Dominicans. He is said to having been very humble, holy and he converted many. Together with James of Aragon and St. Peter Nolasco, he founded the Order of Our Lady of Ransom, which tried to save Christians captures from the Moors. According to a legend, Raymond sailed all the way from Majorca to Barcelona on a cloak spread upon the water and died at the age of 100.
Patronage: St. Raymond of Penafort is patron saint of canonists and lawyers
Statues and wooden sculptures representing St. Raymond Penafort- portrayal, imagery and emblem: St. Raymond Penafort is shown as a dominican friar with cross around his neck and book in his left hand.