Early Church Fathers

Topics: Pope Gregory I, Pope, Bishop Pages: 3 (791 words) Published: August 24, 2013
1. Pope St. Gregory The Great

I. Brief Biography

St. Gregory, born at Rome about the year 540, was the son of Gordianus, a wealthy senator, who later renounced the world and became one of the seven deacons of Rome. He is also known as St. Gregory the Dialogist in Eastern Orthodoxy because of his Dialogues. The Pope, recognizing his talent, was named as one of the seven deacons of Rome and then sent him on a diplomatic mission as papal legate to the imperial city of Constantinople where he remained for five years.  Upon the death of the pope in 590, St. Gregory was elected to succeed Peter, he was the first monk ever elected as the Successor of Peter. II. Contribution to the Church

Gregory is credited with re-energizing the Church's missionary work among the non-Christian peoples of northern Europe. He is most famous for sending a mission, often called the Gregorian mission, underAugustine of Canterbury, prior of Saint Andrew's, where he had perhaps succeeded Gregory, to evangelize the pagan Anglo-Saxons of England. The mission was successful, and it was from England that missionaries later set out for the Netherlands and Germany. The preaching of the Catholic faith and the elimination of all deviations from it was a key element in Gregory's worldview, and it constituted one of the major continuing policies of his pontificate. III. Personal Reflection

St Gregory the Great who wanted nothing else but to be a simple monk had undergo a profound interior struggle before accepting this election as the will of God. He is known for one of the four greatest Latin-speaking Fathers and Doctors of the Church. He was one of the few men in the history of the church who was name as “The Great” and also as the “Gregorian Chant”.

IV. References

2. St Hilary of Poitiers

I. Brief Biography

Saint Hilary was a native of...

References: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=55
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