Tagged: Doctor of the Church

Saint Augustine: Theologian, Bishop, and Doctor

By Jean M. Heimann August 28th is the feast of Saint Augustine, a Western Father of the Church whose conversion to Christianity is well-known as one of the most important events in the history of the Church. He was an illustrious theologian, a brilliant bishop, and a great Doctor of the Church. Saint Augustine is the patron of theologians, brewers, printers, and sore eyes. Saint...

St. Alphonsus Liguori: Five Favorite Quotes

St. Alphonsus Liguori, the saint of the day for August 1, is a Doctor of the Church, known for his contribution to moral theology and his great kindness. He was born in Naples, Italy, in 1696 to noble parents. He was well-educated and excelled in his studies. At the early age of sixteen, he became a lawyer and was very successful and renowned in his chosen...

St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

Saint Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ by Guercino, 1656, Bologna, Italy    By Jean M. Heimann June 13 is the feast of one of my favorite saints — St. Anthony of Padua. He is a Doctor of the Church, a Franciscan priest known as the “Hammer of the Heretics”, the “Wonder-Worker”, and the “Living Ark of the Covenant.” Countless conversions, miraculous healings, and...

St. Ephrem: Doctor of the Church

  June 9 is the optional memorial of St. Ephrem of Syria, deacon, Doctor of the Church, hymnographer, and theologian of the 4th century. Known as the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”, St. Ephrem was born around 306 A.D. in Nisibis, Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). He is the only Syrian Father who is honored as a Doctor of the Universal Church. Ephrem was baptized at the...

St. Athanasius: hero in the battle against Arianism

  May 2 is the memorial of St. Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the Church. St. Athanasius (295 – 373) was the Church’s greatest hero in the battle against Arianism (a heresy that denied Christ’s divinity),which, in his lifetime, earned him the title “Father of Orthodoxy”. Athanasius was born into a Christian family in Alexandria, Egypt, where he received a classical education. He was ordained a...

St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Doctor

April 29th is the feast of my Confirmation saint, St. Catherine of Siena, Caterina di Giacomo di Benicasa (1347 – 1380). As a mystic, activist, reformer, contemplative, and Doctor of the Church, she is one of the most prominent figures in Christian history. Catherine, the youngest of twenty-six children, was born in Siena on March 25, 1347. During her youth she had to contend with...

Saint Anslem: Benedictine monk and Doctor of the Church

April 21 is the feast of Saint Anslem, a Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and theologian, who held the office of archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. He is a Doctor of the Church who is known as “the most luminous and penetrating intellect between St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas” and “the Father of Scholasticism.” He preferred to defend the Faith using intellectual reasoning...

St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

The saint of the day for February 21 is St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who was one of the Church’s greatest reformers in the Middle Ages. Peter was the youngest child born to a large family in Ravenna, Italy in 1007. His parents both died when he was young and he was placed in the care of one of his brothers,...

Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic Doctor

January 28 is the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a 13th century Dominican priest, philosopher, and theologian. As a Doctor of the Church, he has been given the title “Angelic Doctor” and is the patron saint of apologists, Catholic schools, chastity, learning, philosophers, publishers, students, theologians, and universities. St. Thomas ranks among the greatest writers and theologians of all time. His most important work, the...

St. Francis de Sales, Mentor and Model

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), a theologian and the patron saint of writers has long been my mentor and model, and one of my most powerful intercessors. As an author, theologian and a freelance writer, I look to him for guidance and for assistance in my work. His unique methods of spirituality and  evangelization have also greatly inspired me. As Catholics, we are all called...