Albert of Louvain

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Saint Albert of Louvain
Bishop of Liege
Born c. 1166
County of Brabant (today Belgium)
Died 24 November 1192(1192-11-24)
Rheims (today France)
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Canonized Pre-congregation
Major shrine Cathedral of Liège, Belgium
Feast 21 November

Saint Albert of Louvain or Albert of Leuven (c. 1166 Brabant – 24 November 1192 – some say 24 November 1191, or 1202 – Rheims) was Prince-Bishop of Liège from 22 September 1191 till January 1192. He was canonized in 1613.

He was a son of Godfrey III, Count of Leuven, and brother of Henry I, Duke of Lorraine and Brabant, and was chosen Bishop of Liège in 1191 by the people and the Church. Emperor Henry VI proposed his own choice, causing Albert to journey to Rome to appeal to Celestine III. The pope ordained him a deacon and sent him to the Archbishop of Rheims. The archbishop ordained Albert a priest and consecrated him as a bishop. Outside of Rheims, Albert was accosted by eight followers of Henry VI, who stabbed him to death. It is unsure in what year Albert was killed.

His feast day is 21 November. His body reposed at Rheims until 1612, when the Archduke Albert of Austria had the body moved to Brussels. His relics were shared with the Cathedral of Liège in 1822.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "St. Albert". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.