About Saint Alphonsus Liguori:
A brilliant barrister, Alphonsus left the practice of law because, as he said, “I wish to secure the salvation of my soul“. He studied for the priesthood and was ordained in 1726. His first assignment was as a chaplain to the homeless youth of Naples, where he had great success in bringing them back to the Church.
In 1732, St. Alphonsus founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists) with the mission to teach and preach in the slums.
In 1762, Alphonsus was consecrated the bishop of Sant’ Agata dei Goti, and remained there until 1775.
He was a musician, painter, poet and author. He wrote 111 works on spirituality and theology. There have been 21,500 editions and translations into seventy-two languages of his works. He is one of the most widely read Catholic authors in history.
His Feast Day is celebrated August 1.
About the Basilica of Saint Alphonsus Liguori:
A wooden likeness of St Alphonsus Liguori rests under a side altar to the left of the main sanctuary. Although very life-like, his body is not incorrupt. Relics of the saint, nevertheless, are here and they rest on a silver carriage below the wooden statue.
About the Museo Sant’Alfonso Maria de Liguori:
Inaugurated in 1990 by Pope John Paul II, the museum is located where Saint Alfonso M. de’ Liguori lived. You can view some of the wide artistic, cultural and religious heritage related to Saint Alfonsus Liguori in the museum.
Traveling to Pagani, Italy:
The town is about 40 miles from Naples, the nearest large city. The closest airport is Capodichino Airport in Naples. There is train service from Naples to Pagani (direct trains take about 50 minutes), or from Salerno in about 30 minutes…but be sure to catch the right train….some trains go to Naples then you have to change trains and go back in the other direction to reach Pagani.
You can get train schedules and buy tickets here.
Finding the Basilica of St. Alphonsus Liguori & Museum:
Click here for the Facebook page of the Museum (in Italian).
Their contact information is shown below.
Address: Piazza Sant’Alfonso 1, 84016, Pagani, Italy
Tel: +39 081 916054
Unfortunately, we are not aware of any official website for the Basilica.
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There is also a National Shrine to Alphonsus Liguori in the U.S.A. in Baltimore, Maryland.