Venerable Matt Talbot

[Venerable Matt Talbot]
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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.
Born
2 May 1856 in Dublin, Ireland
Died
7 June 1925 in Dublin, Ireland of natural causes
Venerated
3 October 1975
Beatified
pending; if you have information relevant to the beatification of Venerable Matt, contact:
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   Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral
   83 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, IRELAND
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Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
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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

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