Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople

May 9 – St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople – (c. 329 – 389 or 390) – 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople, he is widely considered the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. As a classically trained orator and philosopher he infused Hellenism into the early church, establishing the paradigm of Byzantine...

Saint Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria

May 2 – St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria; Confessor and Doctor of the Church; born c. 296; died 2 May, 373. St. Athanasius, also known as Athanasius the Great and Athanasius the Confessor, was a bishop and doctor of the church. He is called the “Father of Orthodoxy,” the “Pillar of the Church” and...

Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome

March 12 – St. Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome (Roman Catholic: September 3) – (c. 540 – 12 March 604) St. Gregory was pope from 3 September 590 until his death. Gregory is well known for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as pope. Throughout the...

Saint Gregory of Nyssa, Bishop

March 9 – St. Gregory of Nyssa, Bishop – (c. 335 – c. 395) Also known as Gregory Nyssen, was bishop of Nyssa from 372 to 376, and from 378 until his death. Gregory lacked the administrative ability of his brother Basil, or the contemporary influence of Gregory of Nazianzus, but was an erudite...

Saint Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch

October 17 – St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, surnamed Theophorus, which in Greek means “God-Bearer,” (ca. 35 or 50-between 98 and 117), was probably a convert and disciple of St. John the Evangelist. We know nothing of his early life. The fourth-century Church historian, Eusebius, says that the Apostles Peter and Paul, who planted...

Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople

St. John Chrysostom c. 349–407. Bishop of Constantinople, was an important Church Father. He is known for his eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. He was given the Greek surname chrysostomos,...

Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo

August 28 – St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430), Bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin-speaking philosopher and theologian who lived in the Roman Africa Province. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity. He is the patron saint of brewers,...

Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons

St. Irenaeus (Greek: Εἰρηναῖος), (2nd century AD – c. 202) Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire (now Lyons, France). He was an early church father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a hearer of Polycarp, who in turn...

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...