Church History Timeline


St. John The Apostle (Birth)

Approx. 5 A.D.

At about the year 5 A.D. John the Apostle (The Beloved Apostle) was born
John was one of the 12 Apostles and was the only Apostle who stood by the side of Jesus while He was on His cross.

St. John The Apostle (Death)

100 A.D.

At about 100 A.D. John the Apostle died. (John is pre-congregational)

St Jerome (Birth


Doctor of the Church
Patron saint of Librarians

St. Jerome (Death)


Saint Brigid of Kildare (Birth)

Approx. 450

St. Brigid is the patron saint of: Ireland, milkmaids, Education, Poets, Artists, Writers, mothers, and children.

St. Brigid of Kildare (Death)

Approx. 525

Pope Saint Gregory the Great (Birth)


Doctor of the Church
Lived a very monastic life and loved to write about it.

Pope Saint Gregory the Great (Death)


St. Thomas Aquinas

Approx. 1226

St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of students and all Universities.

St. Thomas Aquinas

Approx. 1274

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (Birth)


Lily of Mohawks
Lived a life of extreme prayer and penance.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (Death)


Father Damien DeVeuster (Birth)


Served Leper colony in Hawaii.

Father Damien DeVeuster


Died of Leprosy.


Papacy of Saint Pope John Paul II the Great

Approx. October, 1978

Saint Pope John Paul II the Great is elected Pope of the Catholic Church.

Papacy of Pope Francis

March 13, 2013 - Present

Our current Pope, Pope Francis is elected leader of the Catholic Church.


Council of Nicaea

325 A.D.

The first Council of the Catholic Church. This Council was put together by Constantine who was an unbaptized catechumen.

Council of Constantinople


A council put together by Pope Damasus to end Macedonian heresy.
Macedonians preached against the divinity of the Holy Spirit by calling it a created thing.

Council of Ephesus

431 A.D.

A Council of Ephesus was a gathering of Christian Bishops in Ephesus.
Called together by Roman Emperor, Theodosius.

Council of Chalcedon

451 AD

This council discussed the divine and human aspects of Christ.
In this Council, it was decided that Christ is both divine and human and are united without change or division.

Council of Trent


At the Council of Trent, 30 bishops met and discussed for 3 years, but it took 18 years for the work to take place.
The council discussed the importance of scripture and tradition, good works aided by grace, the seven sacraments, the hierarchical church, the divine institution of priesthood, transubstantiation, and the sacrificial character of the church.

Council of Trent


In 1863, the works of the Council of Trent took place in the Church.

First Vatican Council

1869 - 1870

Vatican I took place after the Pope lost all political power.
This council describe the Pope's role in the Church.

Second Vatican Council

October 11, 1962 - 1965

Brought together by Pope John XXlll.
The purpose was to "update" the Church, specifically in the liturgy or the mass.


The Ascension of Jesus

33 A.D.

Using His divine power, Jesus ascended into Heaven.
(40 days after the resurrection).

Resurrection Of Jesus

33 A.D.

3 days after Jesus' death, he rose from the dead.


33 AD

This is when the promised Holy Spirit came to the Apostles.
(Birthday of the Church)

Growth of Christianity

Edict of Milan


This is a proclamation that permanently accepted Christianity in the Roman Empire, put together by Constantine in Milan.

The Great Schism (Beginning)


On March 27, 1378, Pope Gregory XI died and started a commotion.
A successor could not be chosen easily.

The Great Schism (End)

November 11, 1417

Odo Colonna is elected the new Pope in place of Pope Gregory XI.
Odo Colonna became Martin V, ending the Western Schism.

Protestant Reformation (Beginning)


Martin Luther puts up his "95 Theses."
This is a time when Martin Luther tried to purify the Church.

Protestant Reformation (End)


The end of the reformation after the Treaty of Westphalia is made which ended the "Thirty Year War."