St. Albert the Great is patron saint of STUDENTS (and scientists and the archdiocese of Cincinatti, OH). A Dominican provincial, instructor of St. Thomas Aquinas, and even at one point Bishop, he spent so much time with the natural sciences of physics, alchemy, minerology, and zoology that some (like Henry of Ghent) accused him of neglecting Theology. A truly well-rounded scholar, Albert exhibited what Newman described as a philosophical habit of mind. Fearless in his pursuit of knowledge, Albert indeed was a doctor universalis. Yves Congar O.P. writes of his confrere:
“Albert believed in the mind. He perceived a profound harmony between the loftiness of divine life and the world of science and finite human reasoning. This scholar, even as he argued for the autonomy of the pure sciences, had a special grasp of the reality of the unity of the universe. There exists a single realm in which the facts of nature and the realities of grace are physically present.”
(Yves Congar, “St.Albert the Great. The Power and the Anguish of the Intellectual Vocation,” Faith and Spiritual Life, 65.
Santus Albertus Magnus, o.p.n.