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OUT PATRON - ST. ANSELM

St. Anselm came from a noble Lombard family and was born in Aosta in the Italian Alps. His mother was a good and pious Burgundian woman, but after her death his father´s violence and harshness finally caused Anselm to flee to France. Here after several years of wandering, he took the Benedictine habit in 1060 at Bee (Normandy), where his illustrious countryman Bl. Lanfrance had started the famous school and soon he was well-known for his learning. Within three years he was made Prior and after another 15 years, very reluctantly, Abbot.

As abbot, St. Anselm had to cross over to England from time to time in connection with his abbey‘s English properties, and there he became known and highly esteemed for his virtues and fearless zeal. So much so that in 1099 he was made Archbishop of Canterbury in the hope that he would be able to cope with the encroachments of King William the Red.

Many important writings of this gentle Prelate, who was considered the greatest intellectual of his age and a ‘patron for all theologians´ were composed during his two banishments. They earned him the title of ‘Father of scholasticism and "Doctor of the Universal Church" (1720) on account of the deep and lasting influence which his thinking had upon philosophy and theology. When the French Capuchin Fathers came to Ajmer they found St. Anselm as the most appropriate saint to be the patron of their new school. They adopted the saint`s motto for the school. “DEO AMABILES ET HOMINIBL” which means “Be loveable to God and to man” St. Anselm`s Pink City School, Jaipur hopes to make all its students always pleasing to God and fellow men. Reflection : ´O Lord, our God, Grant us the grace to desire You with our whole heart, that in desiring You we may seek and find you, that finding you we- may love You, and loving You we may despise the sins from which You have redeemed us´.

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