St. Albert Chmielowski (20 August 1845 – 25 December 1916), also known as Brother Albert, was a Polish painter and the founder of the Albertine Brothers and Sisters, a religious congregation dedicated to serving the poor and marginalized. Born in 1845, he initially pursued a career as an artist, gaining recognition for his talent. However, a profound spiritual experience led him to dedicate his life to serving the needy. Albert Chmielowski took up a life of poverty, working tirelessly to care for the destitute, homeless, and sick. He established shelters, hospitals, and soup kitchens to provide physical and spiritual aid to those in need. St. Albert emphasized the importance of compassion, humility, and solidarity with the poor. Despite facing personal struggles and the challenges of his ministry, he remained steadfast in his commitment to the Gospel and the service of others. He is particularly remembered for his love for the outcasts of society and his tireless efforts to alleviate their suffering. St. Albert Chmielowski was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1989 and is honored as a patron saint of the homeless and those in need.
St. Albert Chmielowski
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