Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225? - 1274) is considered one of the Fathers or Doctors of the Roman Catholic Church. He was born near the great abbey of Monte Cassino where he completed elementary (grammatical) studies. He then continued his studies at the University of Naples, where he joined the Dominican order. He studied at the leading University of Paris, and became a student of Albertus Magnus. He was author of many important works of theology and Biblical interpretation, distinguished for his application of Aristotelian logic and physics to systematizing theology. He also wrote commentaries on Aristotle from a Christian perspective and is considered a founder of "scholasticism."