St. Peter Chrysologus: Biography and Selected Writings
Early Church Father & Doctor of the Church
by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
(scroll down for a list of online writings) Life: St. Peter Chrysologus was born about the year 380 at Imola in the region of Emilia, Italy. After serving as a deacon in Imola, Saint Peter became the bishop of Ravenna, Italy in 424. Little reliable information about St. Peter's life survives, except that he successfully drove heresy and the remnants of Roman paganism from his diocese through pastoral care and very practical yet passionate preaching. Peter's always brief sermons were so inspiring that he was given the title "Chrysologus" (greek for "Golden-worded) and was eventually declared a "Doctor of the Church" by Pope Bendict XIII in 1729. St. Peter, a Father of the Church, died around the year 450, during the reign of Pope Leo the Great. For an overview of the Early Church Fathers, click here.
The Fathers of the Church - Who They Are and Why They Matter
In a single, upbeat talk, full of examples and fascinating stories about some of the Church's most intriguing personalities, Marcellino D'Ambrosio explains who people are talking about when they refer to the "Fathers of the Church" or "Early Church Fathers. Though the ranks of the fathers include a tremendous variety of cultures, locales, and personalities, there is surprising consensus that emerges from them on a variety of the most pressing questions of our day. In this dynamic talk, Marcellino makes clear just how much these figures have to teach us.
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