He was born in 1696. He was in his ninety-first year when he died. He founded the Redemptorist Order in 1732. He became a Doctor of the Church by constantly preaching and writing about the Holy Eucharist and about the Virgin Mary. No saint is more complete or superlative in the praise of the virginal Mother of God than he. Three members of the Redemptorist Order have been canonized saints, thanks to the prayers and example of their father and founder, Saint Alphonsus Maria. These saints are: Saint Gerard Majella, whose feast is October 16, Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer, whose feast day is March 15, and Saint John Neumann, whose feast day is January 5.
Among the Catholic men saints who have taken the name Mary are these: Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (August 2), Saint Anthony Mary Gianelli (June 7), Saint Anthony Mary Claret (October 23), Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria (July 5), Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer (March 15), Saint John Marie Vianney (August 8), Saint Joseph Mary Pignatelli (November 15), Saint Louis Marie de Montfort (April 28), Saint Peter Louis Marie Chanel (April 28), Saint Vincent Mary Strambi (January l ), Saint Francis Xavier Maria Bianchi (January 31).