Venerable Matt Talbot
- Born to a poor family with a history of alcoholism, he took to drink when still a child, and was considered a hopeless alcoholic by age thirteen.
At age 28, he had conversion experience, and on his knees, he made a pledge of sobriety; he lived another 41 years without ever breaking that vow.
He was a member of the Transport and General Workers Union, and worked in a lumber yard on the docks of Dublin.
He was always poor and never cared, yet was always generous to people in need.
He lived a life of prayer, fasting, and service, never taking credit, and trying to model himself on the sixth century Irish monks.
Even as his Cause is being investigated, some consider him a modern patron of alcoholics and other adicts.
There are a number of Matt Talbot houses, inns, centers, etc. around the English speaking world, working to rescue and treat them.
- 2 May 1856 in Dublin, Ireland
- 7 June 1925 in Dublin, Ireland of natural causes
- 3 October 1975
if you have information relevant to the beatification of Venerable Matt, contact:
Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral
83 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, IRELAND
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- Additional Information
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
The Matt Talbot Story
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
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- It is a constancy God wants.
-Venerable Matt Talbot