Tagged: Doctor of the Church

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...

St. Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church

January 13 is the optional memorial of St. Hilary, bishop of Poitiers in the 4th century. Pope Pius IX declared him a “Doctor of the Church,” because of his heroic defense of the the Faith against Arians and other heretics. He strongly defended the divinity of Christ, and despite the fact that he was a kind and gentle man, he was viewed as an agitator,...

St. Peter Canisius, Jesuit and Doctor

Today is the memorial of St. Peter Canisius, Jesuit priest and Doctor of the Church.  He was well-known for his strong defense of the Catholic faith during the Protestant Reformation in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, Moravia, and Switzerland. He is the patron saint of Germany and the Catholic press. Peter Canisius was born in Holland on May 8, 1521. Peter was a brilliant, but humble, young...