you combined human wisdom and divine faith
to render great your bishop, Saint Albert.
May we remain faithful to his teachings,
so that, through the progress of human science
we may come to a deeper knowledge and love of you.
(We make our prayer) through our Lord".
– Collect for the feast of St Albert the Great, which is today, 15 November.
St Albert left behind writings on sacred doctrine and other sciences, and is worthily called the ‘Great’ and the ‘Universal’ doctor. He died on 15 November, 1280, in Cologne, and was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pius II in 1459. He was canonised by Pius XI on 16 December 1931 and Pius XII later declared him the patron saint of those involved in the natural sciences.
This painting of St Albert teaching is in the old chapel of the Albertinum in Fribourg, Switzerland.