Tagged: Doctor of the Church

Saint Basil the Great: Bishop and Doctor

January 1 is the feast of St. Basil the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of monks and hospital administrators. Basil was born in 329 in Caesarea in the region known as Cappadocia, which is located in eastern Asia Minor (the middle of modern Turkey). His father was a wealthy lawyer and landowner. Both of his parents were devout...

Saint John Damascene: Doctor of Christian Art

December 4th is the feast of Saint John Damascene, Patristic Father and Doctor of the Church. Saint John Damascene (also known as St. John of Damascus) was born In Damascus, Syria around 676 AD into a rich family and spent the early years of his adult life serving as the official representative of the Christian community to the Muslim Caliph. He later abandoned this political...

St. Albert the Great: Doctor of the Church

By Jean M. Heimann Today, November 15, the Church celebrates St. Albert the Great, “the light of Germany”, uniquely named the “Universal Doctor” because of his vast knowledge and writings. He was the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. A Dominican priest and the Bishop of Regensburg, Germany, he was the first of the medieval academics to apply Aristotle’s philosophy to Christian...

St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor

Image: The Meeting between Leo the Great (painted as a portrait of Leo X) and Attila On November 10, the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor. St. Leo the Great was born in Rome of Italian nobility. As a deacon of the Church, he opposed the heresy of Pelagianism, which taught that grace was not necessary for salvation, but was...

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...