Thomas was raised by his parents to be very kind and giving, he donated to the poor and less fortunate whenever he had the opportunity. As Archbishop of Valencia, any money or possessions he received was given to the poor, he also took in anyone who came to him seeking shelter. He sent the first Augustinian missionaries to the New World, Mexico. His life was characterized by a love of learning, peace making, and as a reformer of the Church. His mission was to seek wisdom, love, and justice. Thomas is remebered as “the father of the poor”.
b. 1488 Castile, Spain d. 9/8/1555 Valencia, Spain
Patronage: The poor, Orphans, Justice, Education
Feast Day: September 8