Church History Timeline


The Resurrection of Jesus

33 AD

Jesus rose from the dead, We are saved from our sins. The word has spread to the disciples and they went out to convert people to Christianity.

The Ascension

33 AD

Jesus Ascended into heaven and opened the the gates. Jesus then took his seat the right hand of God.

Paul's Conversion

Approx. 35 AD

Saul ( Paul ) has a apparition of Jesus Christ and is converted to Christianity. He then travels around to convert people to Chirstanity and spread the wrod of God.

The Council of Jerusalem

Approx. 50 AD

There was a disagreement over whether or not the Gentiles had to follow The Law of Moses before they could become Christians. Peter tells the Council that God does not set the Gentiles and the Jews apart., we beleave that we are all saved in the same way. Through the grace of Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of Mark

Approx. 65 AD - Approx. 70 AD

In the Gospel of Mark portrayed Jesus as human and is always in a hurry. Jesus in the Gospel of Mark is also portrayed as the most human. Mark writes to the Gentiles, who are Christians but are not Jewish.

Paul Martyred in Rome

Approx. 65 AD

Paul was sent to Rome in chains. The journey was long and hard the and the ship was wrecked on the way. After finally reaching Rome, Paul spent two years in Rome before he was beheaded.

Peter Martyred in Rome

Approx. 67 AD

Tradition states that St. Peter was crucified upside down. St. Linus succeeds him as Pope.

The Gospel of Luke

Approx. 80 AD - Approx. 85 AD

In the Gospel of Luke Jesus is portrayed as forgiving and compassionate. Luke was a Greek convert and writes to the Gentiles much like himself.

The Gospel of Mattew

Approx. 80 AD

In the Gospel of Mattew Jesus is portrayed as a teacher. Jesus is also portrayed as the new Moses. Mattew is very interested in Jesus' origins and has a rundown of Jesus' family tree. Mattew writes to the Jewish converts ( and pagans ) to Catholicism.

The Gospel of John

Approx. 90 AD

In the Gospel of John Jesus is portrayed as divine. Instead of writing to one group, John writes to everyone.

The Edict of Milan

313 AD

After the death of the last apostle the church fell into a dark time. The Church faced threats of losing power and unity. The believers searched for a way to keep the Church from falling apart. So they created a system of authority based on the bishop, canon and creed. Soon The Catholic Church was at war with the Roman empire. Soon there was a battle between Constantine and Maxentius. Constantine then had a vision of Christ telling him to put His monogram on the shields of of Constantine soldiers and because of this Constantine because of God. Constantine became emperor and soon met with the other emperor and they both agreed on a complete religious tolerance.

The Council of Nicaea

325 AD

The Council of Nicaea was the first Ecumenical Council that was held by the Catholic Church. This was held to bring out the true teaching of the Catholic Church. Later the Church declared the teaching was that the divinity of God the Son to be one substance and one nature with that of God the Father. They also decided a time of which Easter is be celebrated and also the Council came up with the Nicene Creed.

The Council of Constantinople

381 AD

The true faith was again maintained against the Arians. The answer was given against the Apollinarian and the Macedonian as well. The dogma of the Church was again stated and written down in the Nicene Creed. This declared that the Holy Spirit proceeded from the both the Father and the Son.

The Council of Ephesus

431 AD

This was the third Council of the Catholic Church. The council defined the Catholic dogma that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of God. The Council also presented the teaching of that there is one divine person in Christ. The Council was gathered against the heresy of Nestorius.

the Council of Chalcedon

451 AD

The Council of Chalcedon took place twenty years after the Council of Ephesus. This Council was to answer the Eutychian or Monophysite heresy and declare the doctrine of two natures of Christ. This followed because of the result of the growing disagreement among the early theologians about who was being led into error by an unclear idea of the one divine person being both God and man or that there are two natures, human and divine, in the one person of the Word.

The Eastern and Western Schism

1054 AD

The eastern and the western churches disagreed on what rules the Catholics should follow and know. Like whether priests should be married or not, the bread used for the Eucharist, days of fasting. These led the eastern and the western Churches to break apart. The Roman Catholics and The Eastern Orthodox still remain separate today.

The Birth of Saint Joan of Arc


Saint Joan of Arc was born on January 6, 1412, at Domremy in Champagne. Joan of Arc’s father, Jacques d’Arc, was a peasant farmer, who was poor but not poverty-stricken. Joan is the youngest in a family of five and she never learned how to read or write.
(Thurston, Herbert. "St. Joan of Arc." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 8. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. 28 Jan. 2018
(Catholic Online. “St. Joan of Arc”)

Symbols and stories of Saint Joan of Arc


In 1425, when Joan was thirteen, she started to hear voices and later a vision of St. Michael, St. Margaret, and St, Catherine. The were telling Joan that she should the Dauphin to Reims for his coronation. Some symbols of Joan of Arc are lilies, The Cross, the Sword, and the Fleur de Lis.
(Thurston, Herbert. "St. Joan of Arc." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 8. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. 28 Jan. 2018
(Catholic Online. “St. Joan of Arc” )

Patronages of Joan of Arc


On April 30, 1429, Joan of Arc entered Orléans and her presence there worked wonders. By May 8, the English forts that encircled the city, had all been captured. Joan of Arc is the patronage of soldiers because she fought alongside with them to help keep the English out of French territory. Another thing that Joan of Arc is the Patronage of is France, because she, with the help of God, helped the French win the war.
(Thurston, Herbert. "St. Joan of Arc." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 8. New York: Robert Appleton Company,1910. 28 Jan. 2018

The Death of Joan of Arc


Saint Joan of Arc was executed on May 30, 1431, She was tied to a tall pillar in Rouen and sentenced to be burnt at the stake. Before the execution Joan asked for a crucifix and a English soldier made a small cross for her. She held up the cross and continuously called upon the name of Jesus. After her death, the English threw Joan’s ashes in the river, so no one could collect relics.
(Thurston, Herbert. "St. Joan of Arc." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 8. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. 28 Jan. 2018
(Catholic Online. “St. Joan of Arc” )

The Birth of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Approx. 1656

Saint Kateri born in (approximately) 1657, in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon. Saint Kateri got smallpox when she was four-years-old, which scarred her skin, this was the source of her humiliation as a child. Saint Kateri often seen with a blanket hiding her face. Sadly, her entire family died during the outbreak.
(Catholic Online. “St. Kateri Tekakwitha.” 29 January 2018)

Symbols and facts about Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Approx. 1660

The date takes place 4 years after Kateri was born and by this time her parents and brother died of smallpox. One of her symbols are the blue blanket that Kateri wears to hide her face that is scarred from smallpox. One fact about Saint Kateri is that Kateri is that Mohawk form of Catherine, which Kateri took from Saint Catherine of Siena. At age 19, Katrei converted to Catholicism and pledged to marry only Jesus Christ.

Patronages of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha


Although this date has no special event tied with it, this date is set around the time where Kateri was still living with the Mohawk tribe. This connects with both of her patronages, which are environment and ecology, because while with her tribe Saint Kateri would surrounded by the nature and crops that her might have grown. She is also the patron of people in exile and Native Americans.

The Death of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha


Saint Kateri died on April 17, 1680, at the age of 24. She died at a young age because she was very sickly and her self mortification and denial may have not helped her health.

(Catholic Online. “St. Kateri Tekakwitha.” 29 January 2018)

The Birth of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


St. Elizabeth was born on August 28, 1774 in the upper class of New York. Elizabeth had no mother, who she lost at a young age. In 1794, Elizabeth married William Seton and have a happy marriage until she lost him to death, which was caused by tuberculosis. Elizabeth officially joined the Church in 1805.

The Patronages of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


In 1798, which was within four years after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton married, her husband died and this connects to one of her patronages is that she is the patron of widows. She is also the patron of in-law problems, against the death of children, death of parents, and opposition of Church authorities.
(Catholic Online. “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton”. February 1, 2018)

Stories and Facts about St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. In 1814, the sisters that Elizabeth founded, started a home in Philadelphia and cared for the children at St. Joseph’s Orphanage. Even after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton died the work of her sisters have steadily grown over the last 160 years. Today six separate communities of sisters trace their beginning to Emmitsburg.

( “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Our Patron Saint.” February 1, 2018)

The Death of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


St. Elizabeth in 1821 at the age of 46, which was only sixteen years after becoming a Catholic. St .Elizabeth’s favorite prayer was the 23rd Psalm and she developed a deep devotion to the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary. Randolph, Bartholomew. "St. Elizabeth Ann Seton." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 13. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 1 Feb. 2018
(Catholic Online. “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton”. February 1, 2018)

Beatification/Canonization dates of Joan of Arc

1909 - 1920

When Félix Dupanloup was made bishop of Orléans in 1849, he pronounced a panegyric on Joan of Arc and led to the efforts that had her beatified in 1909. Later, on May 16, 1920, Pope Benedict XV canonized her.
(Catholic Online. “St. Joan of Arc” )

The Beatification/Canonization dates of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

1963 - 1975

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was Beatified by Pope John XXIII On March 17, 1963 and then was later Canonized on September 14, 1975 by Pope Paul VI.
(Catholic Online. “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton”. February 1, 2018)

The Beatification/Canonization dates of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

1980 - 2012

Saint Kateri was beatified on June 22, 1980, by Pope John Paul II. Later she was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012