Happy Feast Day of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1696-1787)!+++He founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, known as the Redemptorists, in November 1732.+++He was canonized in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI+++Pope Pius IX proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church in 1871.+++St. Alphonsus Liguori is one of the most widely read Catholic authors.+++He is the patron saint of confessors.+++On 11 December 1865, Pope Pius IX granted the Redemptorists the honor of being the caretakers of the original icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help!