St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Our patron saint is a saint known for his love of Jesus, devotion to Mary, and loyalty to the Holy See. He was born in 1090 at Fontaines near Di jon in France. He joined the Cistercian Order. After three years he was sent with 13 monks to found a new monastery at Clarivaux. He became one of the most influential men of his time, preaching crusades to free the Holy Land from the Turks. He fought against the Albigensian heresy of that time and guided Popes, particularly, one of his former monks, Eugene III who as named to the Papacy in 1142. He spent much of his time settling local disputes among civil rulers as well as those that arose among church leaders. He died on August 20, 1153. This is the day in the universal church that we celebrate his feast day. Bernard was canonized in 1174 and in 1830 was formally declared a doctor of the Church and given the title Doctor Mellifluus, or Honey-sweet teacher, because of the beauty and poetry of his writings and sermons.