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