Catholic history timeline/McClements


Saint Ambrose

337 AD - April 4, 397 AD

He was a bishop of Milan who became one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. She is described as a very resourceful woman.

Saint Jerome lifetime

347 AD - 420 AD

Jerome was a priest, confessor, theologian and historian. He was the son of Eusebius, born at Stridon, a village near Emona on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia, then part of northeastern Italy.

Saint Brigid of Kildare lifetime

450 AD - 525 AD

Saint Brigid is the face of our school and the patroness of babies, our school, our parish, milkmaids and so much more. In Ireland she is known as "Mary of the Gael."

Saint Francis of Assisi lifetime

1181 - October 3, 1226

I have a special connection with Saint Francis since he was my Confirmation saint. He had a troubled youth and became a holy man. He also received the passion of Christ, which is the wound Christ endured.

Thomas Aquinas lifetime

Approx. 1225 - March 7, 1274

We have found around 60 handwritten works of Thomas Aquinas and they are preserved in museums in Europe. Thomas in also a doctor of the church.

Saint Francis is canonized

July 16 1228

Francis is fully named, Saint Francis of Assisi.

John Neumann lifetime

1811 - 1860

He was an immigrant and he was the first American Bishop to be canonized. He also founded the first Catholic diocesan school.

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini lifetime

1850 - 1917

She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Catholic religious institute that was a major support to the Italian immigrants.


Council of Nicea

325 AD

Was the first ecumenical council of the Christian church. Was put together by emperor Constantine the great.

Council of Constantinople

381 AD

This is the second ecumenical council held in Constantinople. Rejected the teachings of the Macedonians who denied the divinity of the Ho,y Spirit. This is wrong

Council of Ephesus

431 AD

The third ecumenical council held in Ephesus. This council condemned the Pelagians who said they could reach perfection without God's grace. This is wrong

Council of Chalcedon

451 AD

The fourth great Ecumenical council held in Chalcedon. This council condemned the teachings of the monophysitism who claimed that Jesus only has one nature. This is wrong

Council of Trent

1545 - 1563 AD

One of the Roman Catholic Church's most important ecumenical councils. Prompted by the Protestant Reformation, it has been described as the embodiment of the Counter-Reformation.

First Vatican council

1869 - 1870 AD

The Twentieth ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church. Convened by Pope Pius IX to refute various contemporary ideas associated with the rise of liberalism and materialism, it is chiefly remembered for its declaration of papal infallibility.

Second Vatican Council

1962 - 1965 AD

The creation of this council shocked the world. There hadn't been a council in 100 years. The Council was instrumental for renewal in the self-understanding of the Church.

Other important events

Jesus' Acencion

33 AD

The Ascension takes place 40 days after the resurrection. The Ascension is when Jesus died and was raised up into the land of God.

The Resurrection of Jesus

33 AD

Jesus died and was placed in a tomb. On Friday and Mary Magdalene came to see that the rock covering the entrance to the tomb was moved. Jesus had rose from the dead.


Approx. 33 AD

Pentecost is 50 days after Easter Sunday. It is often referred to as the "Birthday" of the church because it is when the church officially started.

Edict of Milan

Approx. 313 AD

It was an agreement to treat Christians benevolently within the Roman Empire. Western Roman Emperor Constantine I, and Licinius, who controlled the Balkans, met in Milan and agreed to change the rules against Christian.

The Great Schism


The great Schism was the break of communion between what are now the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. This lasted until the 11th century.

Protestant Reformation

Approx. 1517 - Approx. 1648

A big movement in the 16th century that included changing some of the beliefs and practices for the Roman Catholic church. This was initiated by Martin Luther.

Papacy of Pope John Paul the II

1978 - 2005

Was Pope for 27 years and most consider him to be a vocal advocate for human rights. He was also often refereed to as Pope John Paul the great.

Papacy of Pope Francis

13 March 2013 - Present

Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.