ST. RAYMOND CATHOLIC SCHOOL welcomed its first students in September 2001. From September to December 2001, it shared the facility with St. Valentine School. The Solemn Blessing for ST. RAYMOND was held on Wednesday, May 8th, 2002, at 7:00 p.m.
Our Patron Saint is ST. RAYMOND OF PENAFORT (1175 - 1275)
St. Raymond was born in 1175 in Catalonia. He was educated in Barcelona and in Bologna, in civil and Canon law. He went on to become a successful lawyer, university teacher and a vicar of a diocese.
He joined the Dominican Order in 1222, at the age of 47. His talent as a writer was noted by his superiors and he was asked to compile a synopsis of moral cases for study purposes and a collection of Canon law which became the standrard for almost 700 years.
In 1230 Raymond was summoned to Rome by Pope Gregory IX, who appointed him chaplain and penitentiary.
In 1240 Raymond returned to Spain and his Dominican friary. While there, he published a revised edition of the Dominican Constitutions. He also encouraged St. Thomas to write the Summa Contra Gentes, a catechism for his work of conversion and one of his major theological works.
Raymond left the Dominican order and spent the next 35 years evangelizing Jews and Moslems in Spain.
Raymond died in 1275 and was canonized in 1601 by Pope Clement VIII.
We celebrate the Feast of St. Raymond on January 7.