- Albert of Trapani
Albert’s parents promised that if they were blessed with a son, he would be dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Educated in a Carmelite monastery, and joined the Order at age 18. Priest. Teacher in the monastery. Mendicant preacher to the Sicilians, making many conversions; especially devoted to, and successful with, Sicilian Jews. Miracle worker. Sicilian Carmelite provincial in 1257, and worked both as preacher and administrator.
In 1301, the city of Messina, Italy was under siege and blockade by Duke Robert of Calabria, Italy. Disease ridden and facing imminent starvation, the Messina city fathers asked Albert and the monastery for intervention. Albert celebrated Mass, offering it as a plea for God‘s deliverance. As he finished, three ships loaded with grain ran the blockade. The city was saved from starvation, and Robert lifted the seige. Albert was so well remembered for this intervention that a city gate was dedicated in his honor over 300 years later.
- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Dictionary of Saints, by John Delaney
- Katherine Rabenstein
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- “Saint Albert of Sicily“. Saints.SQPN.com. 7 April 2013. Web. 6 December 2013. <>