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Frequently Asked Questions
about
THE DOCTORS
OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Q. 1. What is a Doctor of the Catholic Church?

A. 1. The title “Doctor of the Church” is an official honor that is bestowed by the Pope in recognition of the outstanding contribution a person has made to the understanding and development of Christian doctrine.

Q. 2. How many Doctors does the catholic Church have?

A. 2. As of year 2007, the Catholic Church has 33 Doctors.

Q. 3. Who are the Doctors of the Catholic Church?

A. 3. The are:

1) St. Ambrose, 340-397
2) St. Jerome, 345-420
3) St. Augustine, 354-430
4) St. Gregory the Great (Pope), 540-604
5) St. Athanasius, 295-373
6) St. Basil the Great, 330-379
7) St. Gregory of Nazianzus, 330-390
8) St. John Chrysostom, 345-407
9) St. Ephraem the Deacon, 306-373 (Syriac)
10) St. Hilary, 315-368 (Latin)
11) St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 315-387 (Greek)
12) St. Cyril of Alexandria, 376-444 (Greek)
13) St. Leo the Great (Pope), 390-461 (Latin)
14) St. Peter Chrysologus, 400-450 (Latin)
15) St. Isidore of Seville (last of the Latin Fathers), 560-636
16) St. John Damascene (last of the Greek Fathers), 676-749
17) St. Bede “the Venerable,” 673-735
18) St. Peter Damian, 1007-1072
19) St. Anselm, 1033-1109
20) St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153
21) St. Anthony of Padua, 1195-1231
22) St. Albert the Great, 1200-1280
23) St. Bonaventure, 1217-1274
24) St. Thomas Aquinas, 1225-1274
25) St. Catherine of Siena, 1347-1379
26) St. Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582
27) St. Peter Canisius, 1521-1597
28) St. John of the Cross, 1542-1591
29) St. Robert Bellarmine, 1542-1621
30) St. Lawrence of Brindisi, 1559-1619
31) St. Francis de Sales, 1567-1622
32) St. Alphonsus Liguori, 1696-1787
33) St. Therese of Lisieux, 1873-1897
34) St. John of Ávila, 1500-1569
35) St. Hildegard of Bingen, 1088-1179




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