All posts tagged "Syria"

John Damascene



Feast Day: December 4 Canonized: Pre-Congregation John was born in 676 and raised in Damascus. His father worked for the Muslim government which controlled the city, but John’s family were faithful Christians and respected in the community. John inherited his…

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Luke the Evangelist



Feast Day: October 18 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Luke was an Evangelist, the writer of the third Gospel. He never met Christ in person, but in his Gospel he says that he came to know about Jesus by talking to eyewitnesses to…

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Ignatius of Antioch



Feast Day: October 17 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Do you ever wonder who was the first person to call the community Jesus established the “Catholic Church”? It was St. Ignatius of Antioch. It was his way of explaining that the Church was…

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Sophronius of Jerusalem



Feast Day: March 11 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Sophronius was a monk who lived from 560 to 639. He did not stay in one monastery, as many monks of his time did. Instead he lived his life of prayer, fasting, and sacrifice…

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Isaac the Syrian



Feast Day: January 28 It was not all that unusual for boys long ago to enter monasteries as young children. It was a way for them to be educated and then often prepared for life as priests or monks. Isaac…

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