Church History Timeline


St. Joseph

18 AD

St. Joseph's Beatification/ Canonization Date was all pre-congregational, meaning it was before the Canonization process. A symbol of his is the Lily Flower. His patronages are universal church, unborn children, fathers, workers, travelers, immigrants, a happy death, and real estate.

The Ascension

33 AD

When Jesus died he rose to new life in heaven with God. When he resurrected from the dead, his apostles saw him and started preaching the Word of God.

The Resurrection of Jesus

33 AD

When Jesus died he rose to new life in heaven with God. When he resurrected from the dead, his apostles saw him and started preaching the Word of God.

Paul's Conversion

Approx. 35 AD

Paul has a vision of Jesus and he converts to Christianity. He ends up preaching about the Word of the God. In his time of spreading the Word of God, Paul goes threw the same kind of hardships as any other normal person does.

The Council of Jerusalem

Approx. 50 AD

It rules that Gentile converts do not have to observe the Moasaic Law.

The Gospel of Mark

Approx. 65 AD - Approx. 70 AD

It's one of the shortest gospels first to have been written. Jesus is portrayed to be immensely popular with the people of Galilee. It talks about Jesus before he dies on the cross.

Paul Martyred in Rome

Approx. 65 AD

He was martyred because he was caught preaching a second time. He was also told to preach at the request of St. Peter, the Pope.

Peter Martyred in Rome

Approx. 67 AD

This basically tells the story of how Peter dies from preaching the word of God and healing people just as Jesus did. He was martyred in Rome because he was judged because of the miracles he did in his life.

The Gospel of Luke

Approx. 80 AD - Approx. 85 AD

The Gospel of Luke portrays Jesus as caring and tender toward the poor and lowly, the outcast, the sinner, and the afflicted. It focuses mainly on the mercy and compassion of Jesus.

The Gospel of Matthew

Approx. 80 AD

This Gospel focuses completely on Jesus from when he was born, everything in his early life to when he brings together his 12 disciples. The most important story of all is when the angel Gabriel comes upon Mary and tells her she will become the Mother of God.

The Gospel of John

Approx. 90 AD

The Gospel of John is only literary and symbolic. This portrays Jesus' entire life and everything he did before his death.

Edict of Milan

313 AD

Thanks to Constantine for meeting with the emperor of Milan, both emperors decided on a policy for complete religious freedom. For Constantine, Christianity became the favored religion.

Council of Nicaea

325 AD

The Council of Nicaea was held to bring out the real, true teaching of the Catholic Church because of the heresy of Arius. It talked about the teaching of the church speaking about how God the Son is Divine, and to be one substance and one nature with God the Father. Thanks to the Council of Nicaea we have the Nicene Creed. What came down to the final decision was that Jesus was divine as the Father, was completely divine from the moment of he was created and the Nicene Creed was written and adopted.

Council of Constantinople

381 AD

Some followers of Macedonius said that Jesus was a messenger and not fully god. Then the final decision was made and it was made that the Holy Spirit is fully divine and the Trinity is one nature, but is made up of 3 people. The true faith was maintained against the Arians. The Dogma of the Church inserted the words into the Nicene Creed announcing the truth that the Holy Spirit is both the Father and the Son.

Council of Ephesus

431 AD

The General of the Church defined the Catholic Dogma that the Blessed Virgin is the Mother of God. Then presented the teaching of the truth of one divine person in Christ.

Council of Chalcedon

451 AD

Jesus was both human and divine, but only had one nature. It was decided that His divinity replaced his human nature.

Eastern and Western Schisms


In 1054, the patriarch condemned Cardinal Humbert. Then centuries later, that incident was thought to have marked the start of the Eastern-Western Schism between Latin and Greek Churches, a sort of division that still separates Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha


St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born in 1656. She then died later on April 17th, 1680. She was Beatified on June 22nd, 1980 by Pope John Paul II. She was then later Canonized on October 21st, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Her Feast Day is on July 14th. A symbol for her is the Lily Flower. She is the Patron Saint of the environment and Native Americans.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

January 4, 1821

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born August 28th, 1774. She then died January 4th, 1821. She was beatified on March 17th, 1963 by Pope John XXIII. Later she was canonized on September 14th, 1975 by Pope Paul VI. Her Feast Day is on January 4th. Some symbols for her are a book, because she was a teacher, a school, because she founded the first catholic school in Maryland, and a rosary and a bible, since she was a catholic. She is the Patron Saint of Catholic Schools.