Albert was born near Kraków, Poland. At 19 years old he lost a leg in the Polish revolt against Czar Alexander III. His handicap did not stop him from cultivating his artistic talents as a painter.
He studied in Warsaw, Munich and Paris. He returned to Kraków and became a Secular Franciscan. In 1888, he founded the Third Order of St. Francis, Servants to the Poor. Their mission was to serve the poor of all ages, religions and politics while depending totally on contributions.
Later a community of Albertine sisters was established. Pope John Paul II beatified Albert in 1983 and canonized him in 1989.
Adapted by A.J. Valentini from www.franciscanmedia.org