Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop & Teacher

June 27 – Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Teacher – Ten years after the death of Athanasius, the great champion of faith in Christ as fully God, the bishopric of Alexandria was bestowed on one Theophilus. He was a man of fiery temperament, and ruthless and violent in the pursuit of what he conceived...

Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of & Missionary to Armenia

March 23 – Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of and Missionary to Armenia – The apostle, national saint, and patron of Armenia, he refused to take part in a great sacrifice to the national gods ordered by King Trdat, and declared himself a Christian. He was then tortured in various horrible ways, all the more...

Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop

March 18 – Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop – Cyril was born in Jerusalem around 315, and became bishop of that city in about 349. The years between the Council of Nicea (325) and the Council of Constantinople (381) were troubled years, in which the Church, having committed itself at Nicea, over the strenuous protests...

Saint Patrick, Bishop

March 17 – St. Patrick, Bishop – An influential saint who, 1,500 years ago, brought Christianity to the country of Ireland. He was born about 385 in the British Isles, was carried off while still very young during a raid on Roman Britain by the Irish and sold as a slave. At the end...

Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome

November 23 – St. Clement, Bishop of Rome Also called Clemens Romanus to distinguish him from Clement of Alexandria. He was the third in succession after the Apostle Peter as bishop of Rome. Clement is known mainly for the letter he wrote to the Corinthians in about AD 96. He is counted among the...

Cyprian of Carthage, Bishop & Martyr

Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr of Carthage Cyprian was born around 200 AD in North Africa, of pagan parents. He was a prominent trial lawyer and teacher of rhetoric. Around 246 he became a Christian, and in 248 was chosen Bishop of Carthage. During the reign of the Emperor Valerian, Carthage suffered a severe plague...