Fathers,Mothers and Doctors of the Church

11th-century Kievan Rus miniature from Svyatoslav's Miscellany

So far Clement of Rome, Polycarp, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Perpetua and Felicity, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertulllian, Origen, Cyprian Carthage and Amma Syncletica are ready. Therese of Lisieux is nearly ready and the rest are in preparation.

These pages are dedicated to the greatest of God’s creations, Our Lady. 

Clement of Rome to Gregory the Great - and the Women Doctors of the Church

It is said that if you want to learn something write a book about it. That is why I have designed these webpages about the Church Fathers and Mothers.

Saint John Henry Newman said that to study history is to become a Catholic. Whether or not you agree with him, you can learn much about Christianity from enjoying their lives and writings. For good measure and balance I have added four women Doctors of the Church.

The Church Fathers  said, “birds fly, fishes swim and man prays.”  and the last breath of the dying person together make up and proclaim the divine name.

The historical period in which the Church Fathers worked became known as the Patristic Era and spans approximately from the late 1st to mid-8th centuries, flourishing in particular during the 4th and 5th centuries, when Christianity was in the process of establishing itself as the state church of the Roman Empire.

Please click on the images to go to each of the saints. Apologies if they are not there yet.

Saint Clement, martyr and Pope of Rome 88 - 99 AD
Saint Ignatius of Antioch, martyred in the Roman forum between 110 and 117
Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, martyred 155
Saint Justin Martyr, philosopher, born in Palestine c 100
executed in Rome c 165
Martyred with Saint Felicity in Carthage in 203
Saint Iraneus, Greek Bishop of Lyons 130- 208
Saint Clement of Alexandria c 140 - c 220
Tertullian c 115 - c 225
Origen 185 - 254
Saint Cyprian of Carthage c 200 -258
Amma Syncletica of Alexandria c 280 - c 350
St Anthony the Great,
Egyptian monk 251 - 356
Saint Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers
315 - 367
Saint Eusebius of Vercelli
283 - 371
Saint Athanasius of Alexandria
295 - 373
Saint Ephrem the Syrian
306 - 373
Basil of Caeseria
c 329 - 379
Gregory Nianzen
Archbishop of Constantinople
330 - 390
Ambrose of Milan
334 - 397
St John Chrysostom
Archbishop of Constantinople
347 - 407
St Jerome translator of the Bible into Latin 337 - 419
St Augustine of Hippo
354 - 430
Saint John Cassian
350 - 435
Saint Maximus of Turin
380 - 465
Saint Benedict of Norcia
founder of Benedictine monks
480 - 547
Pope Gregory the Great
responsible for the mission to England
c 540 - 604
Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church c 1098 - 1179
Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church 1347 - 1380
Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church 1515 - 1582
Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church 1873 - 1897