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St. Peter Chrysologus

Saint Peter ChrysologusSt. Peter Chrysologus: Biography and Selected Writings

Early Church Father & Doctor of the Church


by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio


(scroll down for a list of online writings) Life: St. Peter Chrysologus was born about the year 380 at Imola in the region of Emilia, Italy.  After serving as a deacon in Imola, Saint Peter became the bishop of Ravenna, Italy in 424.  Little reliable information about St. Peter's life survives, except that he successfully drove heresy and the remnants of Roman paganism from his diocese through pastoral care and very practical yet passionate preaching.  Peter's always brief sermons were so inspiring that he was given the title "Chrysologus" (greek for "Golden-worded) and was eventually declared a "Doctor of the Church" by Pope Bendict XIII in 1729.  St. Peter, a Father of the Church, died around the year 450, during the reign of Pope Leo the Great.  For an overview of the Early Church Fathers, click here.


The Fathers of the Church - Who They Are and Why They MatterFathers of the Church Early Church Fathers CD by Marcellino D'Ambrosio

In a single, upbeat talk, full of examples and fascinating stories about some of the Church's most intriguing personalities, Marcellino D'Ambrosio explains who people are talking about when they refer to the "Fathers of the Church" or "Early Church Fathers.  Though the ranks of the fathers include a tremendous variety of cultures, locales, and personalities, there is surprising consensus that emerges from them on a variety of the most pressing questions of our day.  In this dynamic talk, Marcellino makes clear just how much these figures have to teach us.



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Adam and Christ - Peter Chrysologus Incarnation -- God Becomes Man in Jesus Christ Yes
Epiphany -- Magi, Cana, and the Jordan (St. Peter Chrysologus) Early Church Fathers,
Advent & Christmas Season Resources & Readings
Yes Download
Incarnation and Human Dignity -- St. Peter Chrysologus Early Church Fathers,
Advent & Christmas Season Resources & Readings
Yes Download
Prayer, Fasting and Mercy - St. Peter Chrysologus Lenten Season and Holy Week Resources,
Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
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Priesthood of the Christian -- Peter Chrysologus on Baptism and Confirmation Early Church Fathers,
Easter Season,
Passion of Christ
Yes Download

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