Order of Malta

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The Feast of Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Cardinal Schuster, OSB


August 30th: Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Cardinal Schuster, OSB

Bailiff Grand Cross of Honor and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order
of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta


He was born in Rome of Bavarian parents on January 18, 1880 and was baptized Alfredo Ludovico Luigi. He entered the Benedictine monastery of St Paul-Outside-the-Walls when he was 11, and in 1896 began his novitiate, taking the name of Ildefonso. He made his solemn profession in 1902. After studying philosophy at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome and theology at St Paul’s Abbey, he was ordained a priest in 1904. He was appointed Archbishop of Milan by Pope Pius XI on June 26, 1929 and created a Cardinal on July 15th. In 1933, he was invested Bailiff in the Order of Malta. A few days before he died, he withdrew to Venegono Seminary. His last, moving words were to the seminarians: “You want something to remember me by. All I can leave you is an invitation to holiness…”. He died a few days later on August 30, 1954. His cause for canonization was introduced in 1957 by his successor, Archbishop Giovanni Battista Montini, the future Pope Paul VI. When his tomb was opened on January 28, 1985, his body was found to be intact. He was beatified on May 12, 1996.


Almighty God, through your grace, Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso, by his exemplary virtue built up the flock entrusted to him. Grant that we, under the guidance of the Gospel, may follow his teaching and walk in sureness of life, until we come to see you face to face in your eternal kingdom. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This information was provided by Fra’ James-Michael von Stroebel. Click here to view the complete Calendar of Liturgical Celebrations Proper to the Order.

Pictured above is the Blessed Alfredo Ildefonso Cardinal Schuster, OSB.

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