Feast Day 30 October
1532 - 1617
Originally not considered educated or healthy enough to belong to
the Jesuit Order, he reapplied when he was forty, having studied Latin
with small boys, and was again refused. However, this decision was overruled
by a senior Jesuit who said that even if Alonso were unfit to be a
priest or brother he could, nonetheless, enter to become a saint. Prophetic
After six months in Valencia, he was sent to the newly founded Montesion
College in Mallorca where he served as porter or gatekeeper for the next
forty-six years. It was said that every time the bell rang, he envisaged
it was God and always answered it with a smile on his lips.
Prone to bodily mortifications, which undermined his health, and professing
absolute obedience, he had to be ordered to sleep in a bed rather than on
the floor. Tested by a.
Superior, when he was over seventy and failing in health, and told he was
being sent to the West Indies as missionary, he had to be detained at the
gates as he at once went to seek a ship. He died in Mallorca, of natural
causes. His relics are housed in the Montesion Church in Palma de Mallorca.
In 1633, he was chosen by the General Council of Mallorca as one of the
special patrons of the city of Palma and of the Island. See also St Alphonsus
Rodriguez by Gerald Manley Hopkins. Poems. 1918