Church History

Council's

Council of Nicea

325 AD

The Council of Nicea is the first ecumenical council. It was held in Nicaea wich is present-day Turkey. This is the council in wich the Nicene Creed was issued. It also clarified that Jesus is consubstantial with the father.

Council of Constantinople

381 AD

This is the second ecumenical council. This council was held in Constantinople. Wich is present day Istanbul, Turkey. This council stated that the Holy Spirit is consubstantial with the Father and the Son.

Council of Ephesus

431 AD

The Council of Ephesus is the third ecumenical council. This council was also held in Turkey. This council clarified that Jesus is one divine Person with two natures. In addition, this council also declared Mary as the Mother of God.

Council of Chalcedon

451 AD

The Council of Chalcedon was the fourth ecumenical council. This council was also held in Turkey. This council said that Jesus has two natures.

Council of Trent

1545 AD - 1563 AD

This council was held in Bologna, Italy. This was one of the most important ecmencial councils.

First Vatican Council

1869 AD - 1870 AD

The First Vatican council is the 20th ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church. The council was called by Pope Pius IX. It was held to strengthen the authority of the pope. It also spurred a great spiritual renewal of the church.

Second Vatican Council

1962 AD - 1965 AD

The Second Vatican council is the 21st ecumenical council. This council was called the "updating" of the Church. The most spectacular reform of Vatican II was in the area of Litugry.

Saints and Doctors of the Church

Saint Brigid of Kildare Birth

451 AD

St. Brigid was born in Brigt, Ireland. She did many important things throught her lifetime such as founding a monestery in Kildare. She is the patron saint of Ireland, dairymaids, cattle, midwives, Irish nuns, and newborn babies.

Saint Brigid of Kildare Death

525 AD

Saint Brigid of Kildare died in 525 AD of natural causes. She helped many people through her lifetime.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Birth

1225 AD

Thomas Aquinas is a Saint and Doctor of the Church. He is most known for his writings. Mostly forwriting the Summa. He is the patron saint of Catholic schools, collages, and students.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Death

March 7, 1274

Thomas Aquinas is a Doctor of the Church, and a very important person in our Church history.

Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton Birth

1774

Elizabeth Anne Seton was born in the US. Elizabeth Anne Seton was the mother of five and a widow. She converted to catholicism. She also stated a new order of nuns. Her feast day is January 4.

Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton Death

1821

Mother Elizebeth Ann Seton died in 1821. She lived a very holy life. Today we have relics in our altar at St. Brigid of Kildare. She was an American saint.

Mother Katharine Drexel Birth

November 26, 1858

Mother Katharine Drexel was a wealthy heiress from Philadelphia. She gave away all of her money to care for poor Native Americans and African Americans. She opened a school and University.

Thérèse of Lisieux Birth

January 2, 1873

Therese of Lisieux was a very important and remembered person in the church. She was a Doctor of the Church, and lived a very holy life. She discovered "The Little way" wich is still used today.

Thérèse of Lisieux Death

September 30, 1897

St. Thérèse of Lisieux died on September 30, 1897. She died of tuberculosis. She lived a good and holy life and later became a Doctor of the Church.

Canonization of Thérèse of Lisieux

May 17, 1925

St. Thérèse of Lisieux was canonized on May 17th, 1925. She was cannonized by Pope Pius XI. She became a saint because of the way she devoted her life to God.

Mother Katharine Drexel Death

March 3, 1955

Mother Katharine Drexel died in 1955. She died of a heart attack. She was canonized in 2000 as an American saint. Durning her life she gave about 20 million dollars to help those in need.

Popes

Papacy of Saint Pope John Paul II the Great

1978 - 2005

Saint Pope John Paul II the Great was born in 1920 in Poland. He became a bishop of 1958. He also made history by being the first the first non-Italian pope in over 400 years. He was declared a Saint in July of 2013.

Papacy of Pope Francis

March 13, 2013 - Present

Pope Francis was born in 1936 in Argentina. He became a bishop in 1992 and a Arcchbishop in 1998. His Papacy was on March 13, 2013. He is the 266th and current pope.

Other Important Church Events

Pentecost

33 AD

Pentecost is the day the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost, the Apostles converted about 3,000 people. The author of the account of Pentecost is Luke. This day is also known as the Birthday of the church. It is the last day of Easter.

Edict of Milan

313 AD

The Edict of Milan is a proclamation that established religious toleration for Christianity within the Roman Empire. It gave people to worship whatever they wanted.

Great Schism

1378 - 1417

The Great Schism is one of the most important historical events of the Medival era. In 1378 the papal court was in Rome and an Italian was elected pope. This caused a lot of issues.

Prostestant Reformation

1517 AD - 1648 AD

The Protestant Reformation started in 1517 AD. This is when the 95 theses were published. The idea that made the reformation start was that the bible should be the sole source of "spirttual authority".