Catholic Church History-Mary McLaughlin



33 AD

In 33 AD, the apostles went into "the upper room". The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and the whole Church.

Jesus's Ascension

33 AD

Jesus ascended into Heaven at this time. He opened the doors to Heaven.

Jesus's Ressurrection

33 AD

On this day, Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead, three days after he was killed.

Edict of Milan

313 CE

The Edict of Milan was a proclamation stating that Christianity was accepted in the Roman Empire. It occurred in 313, and Constantine wrote it.

The Great Schism


The Great Schism was when the modern day Eastern Orthodox Church broke away from Roman Catholicism. It happened in 1054. It is also called The Schism of 1054.

Protestant Reformation


The Protestant Reformation was a schism initiated by Martin Luther. It was a major movement that changed practices and even some beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church.

Start of Saint Pope John Paul's II Papacy


Pope John Paul II was a Pope in 1978. He was the first non-Italian Pope.

End of Saint John Paul II's Papacy


Pope John Paul II ended his papacy in 2005. In 2014, he became a saint.

The start of Pope Francis's Papacy

March 13, 2013 - Present

Pope Francis became Pope on March 13. He is our current day Pope.

Saints and Doctors of the Church

Saint Brigid of Kildare's Birth


Saint Brigid of Kildare was born in Ireland in 523. Her feast day is February 1.

Saint Brigid of Kildare's Death

February 1, 525 AD

Saint Brigid of Kildare died on February 1, 523 AD in Kildare, Ireland.

Saint Peter Damian's Birth


Saint Peter Damian is a doctor of the Church. He was born in 1007 in Ravenna, Italy.

Saint Peter Damian's Death

February 23, 1072

Saint Peter Damian died on February 23, 1072. He died in Faenza, Italy.

Saint Hildegard of Bingen's Birth

September 16, 1098

Saint Hildegard of Bingen was born on September 16 in Germany. She is a doctor of the Church.

Saint Hildegard of Bingen's Death

September 17, 1179

Saint Hildegard died on September 17 in Germany. She had a brother named Hugo who died around the same time.

Saint Clare of Assisi's Birth

July 16 1194

Saint Clare of Assisi was born on July 16, 1194, in Assisi Italy. She lived with her sister Agnes, and her mom and dad.

Saint Thomas Aquinas's Birth


Saint Thomas was born in 1225 in Roccasecca, Italy. He is a Catholic priest and a doctor of the Church.

Saint Clare of Assisi's Death

August 11 1253

Saint Clare of Assisi died on August 11, 1253, in Assisi Italy. She is the patron saint of sewing, television, and laundry.

Saint Clare of Assisi's Canonization

September 26 1255

Saint Clare of Assisi was canonized on September 26, 1255, by Pope Alexander IV in Rome. Saint Clare's sister Agnes was canonized many years later.

Saint Thomas Aquinas's Death

March 7, 1274

Saint Thomas died on March 7 in Priverno, Italy. His feast day in January 28.

Saint Junipero Serra's Birth

November 24, 1713

Saint Junipero Serra was born in Spain on November 24. He is an American saint.

Saint Junipero Sera's Death

August 28, 1784

Saint Junipero Sera died in California. He is an American Saint.

Saint Marianne Cope's Birth

January 23, 1838

Saint Marianne Cope was an American saint born on January 23. She is also known as Saint Marianne of Moloka'i.

Saint Marianne Cope's Death

August 9, 1918

Saint Marianne Cope died on August 9. Her Father died before she did.

Church Councils

Council of Nicaea

325 AD

The Council of Nicea was the first ecumenical council ever of the Christian Church. It was called to order by Constantine.

Council of Constantinople

381 AD

The Council of Constantinople was held in 381 AD. 150 people attended. Following this 6 more Constantinople councils were held.

Council of Ephesus

431 AD

The Council of Ephesus was held in 431 in Ephesus. It was held near modern day Turkey, and many Christian Bishops attended.

Council of Chalcedon

October 1, 451 AD - November 8, 451 AD

Some Christians do not like this council's teachings. It was held in October of 451 AD.

Council of Trent

1545 - 1563

The Council of Trent was held in Italy. Arguably one of the most meaningful councils there is.

First Vatican Council

1869 - 1870

Called by Pope Pius IX. He called the council to discuss the religious stance on modern day issues.

Second Vatican Council

1962 - 1965

Called by Pope John XXIII. It was the 21st ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church.