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Doctors of the Catholic Church

Posted by Alex Colao on June 29, 2010

Doctor of the Church is a title given by a variety of Christian churches to individuals whom they recognize as having been of particular importance, particularly regarding their contribution to theology or doctrine. In Catholicism, this title is given to a saint from whose writings the whole Church is held to have derived great advantage and to whom “eminent learning” and “great sanctity” have been attributed by a proclamation of a pope or of an ecumenical council. This honour is given rarely, only posthumously, and only after canonization. No ecumenical council has yet exercised the prerogative of proclaiming a Doctor of the Church. Saint Ambrose, Saint Augustine, Saint Jerome, and Pope Gregory I were the original Doctors of the Church and were named in 1298. They are known collectively as the Great Doctors of the Western Church. The four Great Doctors of the Eastern Church, John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Athanasius of Alexandria were recognized in 1568 by Pope St. Pius V………… READ MORE

St. Gregory the Great 540 (ca.) March 12, 604 1298 Italian Pope
St. Ambrose 340 (ca.) April 4, 397 1298 Italian Bishop of Milan
St. Augustine, 354 August 28, 430 1298 North African (Ethnic Latin) Bishop of Hippo
St. Jerome 347 (ca.) September 30, 420 1298 Dalmatian Priest, monk
St. John Chrysostom 347 407 1568 Syrian (Ethnic Greek) Archbishop of Constantinople
St. Basil 330 January 1, 379 1568 Cappadocian (Ethnic Greek) Bishop of Caesarea
St. Gregory Nazianzus 329 January 25, 389 1568 Cappadocian (Ethnic Greek) Archbishop of Constantinople
St. Athanasius 298 May 2, 373 1568 Egyptian (Ethnic Greek) Patriarch of Alexandria
St. Thomas Aquinas, 1225 March 7, 1274 1568 Italian Priest, Theologian, O.P.
St. Bonaventure, 1221 July 15, 1274 1588 Italian Cardinal Bishop of Albano,
St. Anselm 1033 or 1034 April 21, 1109 1720 Italian Archbishop of Canterbury, O.S.B.
St. Isidore 560 April 4, 636 1722 Spanish Bishop of Seville
St. Peter Chrysologus 406 450 1729 Italian Bishop of Ravenna
St. Leo the Great 400 November 10, 461 1754 Italian Pope
St. Peter Damian 1007 February 21/22,1072 1828 Italian Cardinal Bishop of Ostia, monk, O.S.B.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux 1090 August 21, 1153 1830 French Priest, O.Cist.
St. Hilary of Poitiers 300 367 1851 French Bishop of Poitiers
St. Alphonsus Liguori 1696 August 1, 1787 1871 Italian Bishop of Sant’Agata de’ Goti, C.Ss.R. (Founder)
St. Francis de Sales 1567 December 28, 1622 1877 French Bishop of Geneva
St. Cyril of Alexandria 376 June 27, 444 1883 Egyptian Patriarch of Alexandria
St. Cyril of Jerusalem 315 386 1883 Jerusalem Bishop of Jerusalem
St. John Damascene 676 December 5, 749 1883 Arab Priest, monk
St. Bede the Venerable 672 May 27, 735 1899 Northumbrian Priest, monk
St. Ephrem 306 373 1920 Syrian Deacon
St. Peter Canisius 1521 December 21, 1597 1925 Dutch Priest, S.J.
St. John of the Cross 1542 December 14, 1591 1926 Spanish Priest, mystic, O.C.D. (Founder)
St. Robert Bellarmine 1542 September 17, 1621 1931 Italian Archbishop of Capua, Theologian, S.J.
St. Albertus Magnus 1193 November 15, 1280 1931 German Bishop, Theologian, O.P.
St. Anthony of Padua and Lisbon 1195 June 13, 1231 1946 Portuguese Priest, O.F.M.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi
1559 July 22, 1619 1959 Italian Priest, Diplomat, O.F.M. Cap.
St. Teresa of Ávila 1515 October 4, 1582 1970 Spanish Mystic, O.C.D. (Founder)
St. Catherine of Siena 1347 April 29, 1380 1970 Italian Mystic, O.P. (Consecrated virgin)
St. Thérèse de Lisieux
1873 September 30, 1897 1997 French O.C.D. (Nun)

NO ONE MORE QUALIFIED OR HOLY IS ABLE TO INTRODUCE THE DOCTORS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AS ST JOSEPH. HE WHO CREATED THE SUN WAS SUBJECT TO HIM. THE QUEEN OF THE HEAVENLY COURT CALLED JOSEPH HER MASTER. BOTH JESUS AND MARY WERE BEHOLDEN TO THE FAITHFUL GUARDIAN AND PROTECTOR OF THE HOLY FAMILY. HE IS THE PATRON OF THE CHURCH IN HEAVEN AS JESUS MADE PETER AND HIS SUCCESSORS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH ON EARTH. ALL THE DOCTORS ARE IN COMPLETE AWE OF JOSEPH AND HIS EMINENT POSITION AS HEAD OF THE HOLY FAMILY AND PATRON OF THE ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH. ON MAY 1ST, THE CHURCH CELEBRATES ST JOSEPH THE WORKER, PICTURED HERE AS A CARPENTER. HIS OWN SPECIAL FEAST DAY IS MARCH 19TH (Sasha’s Birthday). THIS DAY IS TYPICALLY HELD DURING LENT. FATHER’S DAY IS GENERALLY CELEBRATED ON THE THIRD SUNDAY IN JUNE AMD IS ANOTHER DAY TO REMEMBER JOSEPH. THOSE WHO TURN TO HIM ALWAYS RECEIVE THE BEST SOLUTION TO THEIR PRAYERS OR REQUEST. OFTEN IT IS BETTER THAN EXPECTED. HE NEVER FAILS THOSE WITH GENUINE FAITH AND PERSEVERANCE. JOSEPH IS A MOST POWERFUL INTERCESSOR FOR US IN HEAVEN AND THE PATRON OF A HAPPY DEATH. HE IS ALSO A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR ANYONE PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR THEIR FAMILIES OR THOSE IN NEED.

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