Biographical sketches of memorable Christians of the past


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A Chronological List of Some Memorable Christians
21 Apr 1142Peter Abelard, Abbot, Theologian, Philosopher
13 Feb 1818Absalom Jones
13 Dec 304Agatha, Virgin and Martyr
10 Apr 1557Mikael Agricola, Bishop of Turku
31 Aug 651Aidan of Lindisfarne, Missionary
22 Jun 304Alban, First Martyr of Britain
20 May 804Alcuin, Deacon, Scholar, and Abbot of Tours
19 Apr 1012Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr
30 Nov NTAndrew the Apostle
26 Sep 1626Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop and Scholar
25 Mar NTThe Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ To the Blessed Virgin Mary
21 Apr 1109Anselm of Canterbury, Monk, Archbishop, Theologian
3 Feb 865Anskar, Bishop and Missionary To Denmark and Sweden
17 Jan 356Antony, Abbot in Egypt
28 Jan 1274Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Friar, and Theologian
30 May 1431Joan of Arc, Visionary
1 Aug NTJoseph of Arimathaea, Burier of Jesus
24 Apr 1915The Martyrs of Armenia
2 May 373Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Theologian, Doctor
19 Apr 1560Presentation of the Augsburg Confession
26 May 605Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop and Missionary
3 Jan 1970Gladys Aylward, Missionary To China
28 Jul 1750J S Bach, Musician
25 Jul 41James Bar-zebedee, Apostle
11 Jun NTBarnabas the Apostle
24 Aug NTBartholomew the Apostle
14 Jun 379Basil the Great, Bishop, Theologian
11 Jul 540Benedict, Abbot and Founder
16 Apr 1879Bernadette of Lourdes, Nun and Visionary
20 Aug 1153Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot, Theologian, and Poet
22 Oct 524Boethius, Educator, Statesman, Philosopher
10 Apr 1945Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pastor and Theologian
5 Jun 754Boniface, Bishop, Missionary, Martyr
9 Jun 1549The First Book of Common Prayer
15 Feb 1730Thomas Bray, Priest and Missionary
2 Apr 1876James Lloyd Breck, Priest, Educator, and Missionary
27 Mar 1929Charles Henry Brent, Missionary Bishop
23 Jan 1893Phillips Brooks, Bishop and Preacher
30 Aug 1688John Bunyan, Writer
6 Apr 1528Michelangelo Buonarroti, Artist
16 Jun 1752Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, Theologian
30 Dec 1906Josephine Butler, Pioneer Worker Among Women
27 May 1564John Calvin, Theologian
Wilson Carlile, Priest, Founder of the Church Army, 1942
17 Jul 1566Bartolome De Las Casas, Missionary, Priest, Defender of the Oppressed
25 Nov NTCatherine of Alexandria, Martyr
7 Oct 1915Edith Cavell, Nurse,
2 Mar 672Chad of Lichfield
25 Oct 1400Geoffrey Chaucer, Poet, Spiritual Writer
12 Jun 1936G K Chesterton, Writer
John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople,
27 Sep 1947Church of South India
11 Aug 1253Clare of Assisi, Nun
5 Dec 213?Clement of Alexandria, Teacher and Apologist
30 Apr 909The Early Abbots of Cluny
9 Jun 597Columba, Abbot of Iona and Missionary
9 Sep 1878Constance and Her Companions, the Martyrs of Memphis
18 Sep 1882Edward B Pusey and Companions, Renewers of the Church
18 Jan NTConfession of Peter the Apostle
23 May 1543Nicolas Copernicus, Priest and Scholar
4 Feb NTCornelius the Centurion
16 Oct 1555Thomas Cranmer, Bishop and Martyr
14 Dec 1591John of the Cross, Friar, Reformer, Poet, Mystic
10 Sep 1898Alexander Crummell, Priest, Missionary, Educator
20 Mar 687Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Bishop and Missionary
13 Sep 258Cyprian of Carthage, Bishop and Martyr
12 May NTSimon of Cyrene, Cross-bearer
14 Feb 869Cyril
18 Mar 386Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Theologian
27 Jun 444Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, Theologian
4 Dec 750John of Damascus, Hymn-writer, Defender of Icons
15 Apr 1889Damien, Priest, Missionary
14 Aug 1965Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Seminarian
15 Sep 1321Dante Alighieri, Poet, Spiritual Writer
1 Aug 42Deliverance of the Apostle Peter
1 Mar 544Dewi of Wales
21 Nov 265Dionysius of Alexandria, Bishop and Scholar
8 Aug 1221Dominic, Preacher, Friar, Missionary
31 Mar 1631John Donne, Priest, Poet, and Preacher
18 Aug 1918William Porcher Dubose, Priest and Theologian
6 Apr 1528Albrecht Duerer, Artist
19 May 988Dunstan of Canterbury, Monk and Archbishop
10 Jun 373Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon and Hymn-writer
20 Nov 870Edmund of East Anglia, King and Martyr
13 Oct 1066Edward the Confessor, King
24 Mar 1758Jonathan Edwards, Scholar, Preacher, Missionary
21 May 1690John Eliot, Missionary To the American Indians
9 Jan 1922Julia Chester Emery, Upholder of Missions
17 May 1160Erik, King of Sweden, Martyr
14 Sep 335Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
20 Jan 250Fabian, Bishop and Martyr
2 Feb NTFeast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ
6 Aug NTFeast of the Transfiguration
1 Dec 1637Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Man of Prayer
22 Jun 1535John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr
5 Oct 1864Theodor Fliedner, Pastor, Founder
2 Nov NTFor the Day of All Souls
1 Nov NTFor the Feast of All Saints
25 Oct NTForty Martyrs (Rc) of England and Wales
1 Dec 1916Charles De Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor
Four American Pioneers of Black Rights and Women's Rights
21 Jan 1793Louis XVI of France, King and Martyr
4 Oct 1226Francis of Assisi, Friar
From a Sermon On Pentecost By Bede
27 Aug 1902Thomas Gallaudet, Priest
16 Sep 430Ninian of Galloway, Bishop, Missionary To Scotland
23 Apr 303George, Soldier and Martyr
26 Oct 1608Paul Gerhardt, Hymnwriter
German Hymn-writers of the 1600'S
23 Jan 1932Charles Gore, Bishop and Theologian
15 Nov 1280Albert the Great, Friar and Scholar
26 Oct 899Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons
10 Nov 461Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, Doctor
9 Mar 395Gregory of Nyssa
23 Mar 332Gregory the Illuminator, Apostle To Armenia
12 Mar 604Gregory the Great, Bishop and Doctor
9 Oct 1253Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln
3 Sep 1872Nikolai Grundtvig, Bishop and Writer
18 Sep 1961Dag Hammarskjold, Peacemaker
28 Jul 1750George Frederick Handel, Musician
29 Oct 1885James Hannington and the Martyrs of Uganda
26 Mar 1883Harriet Monsell of Clewer
28 Mar 1824Hans Nielsen Hauge, Renewer of the Church
26 Oct 1608Johann Heermann, Hymnwriter
19 Aug 330Helena, Empress and Widow
27 Feb 1633George Herbert, Priest and Poet
7 Nov 1873John C F Heyer, Missionary
17 Sep 1179Hildegard of Bingen, Visionary
28 Aug 430Augustine of Hippo, Bishop and Theologian
12 Aug 235Hippolytus, Bishop, Scholar, and Martyr
12 Sep 1830John Henry Hobart, Bishop of New York
3 Nov 1600Richard Hooker, Doctor of the Church
17 Nov 1200Hugh of Lincoln
19 Nov 1231Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess and Philanthropist
25 Nov 1935James Otis Sargent Huntington, Founder
27 Jul 1909William Reed Huntington, Priest
6 Jul 1415John Huss, Priest and Martyr
25 Aug 1270Louis IX, King of France
17 Oct 107Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
4 Jul 1776Independence Day (United States of America)
28 Jun 202Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Theologian
20 Feb 1906Cecile Isherwood, Founder
9 Aug 1943Franz Jagerstatter, Martyr
1 May NTPhilip and James, Apostles
23 Oct NTJames of Jerusalem, Bishop and Martyr
20 Feb 1620Rasmus Jensen, Pastor, With Others
30 Sep 420Jerome, Scholar, Translator, and Theologian
19 Oct 1646Jesuit Martyrs of North America
Jesuit Missions in Non-christian Countries
Jesuits As Moral Theologians
Jesuits As Royal Confessors
Jesuits and Education
Jesuits and Scholarship
Jesuits in England
29 Mar 1788John (3 Mar 1791) and Charles
27 Dec NTJohn, Apostle and Evangelist
24 Jun NTThe Birth of John the Baptist
12 Dec 1784Samuel Johnson, Writer
4 Sep 1941Paul Jones, Bishop
19 Mar NTJoseph, Guardian of Our Lord
28 Oct NTSimon and Jude, Apostles
10 Apr 1557Paavali Juusten, Bishop of Turku
22 Apr 1960Toyohiko Kagawa, Renewer of Society
29 Mar 1866John Keble, Priest, Poet, Renewer of the Church
9 Nov 1440?Margery Kempe, Mystic
24 May 1870Jackson Kemper, Bishop, Missionary
24 Jul 1471Thomas a Kempis, Priest, Monk, and Writer
21 Mar 1711Thomas Ken, Bishop and Non-juror
25 Feb 560Ethelbert of Kent, King and Confessor
11 Nov 1855Soren Kierkegaard, Philosopher
1 Feb 523St Bridget of Kildare, Abbess
8 Mar 1910Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln
28 Nov 1864King Kamehameha and Queen Emma of Hawaii
30 May 1933Apolo Kivebulaya, Missionary
14 Aug 1941Maximilian Kolbe, Friar, Martyr
22 Mar 1879James De Koven, Priest
10 Apr 1557Lars Levi Laestadius, Preacher
16 Oct 1555Hugh Latimer, Bishop and Martyr
10 Jan 1645William Laud, Archbishop and Martyr
10 Aug 258Laurence, Deacon and Martyr
09 Apr 1761William Law, Writer, Priest, and Non-juror
22 Nov 1963C S Lewis, Scholar and Spiritual Writer
5 Sep 1965David Livingstone, Missionary
31 Jul 1556Ignatius Loyola, Mystic, Educator, Preacher, and Founder of the Jesuits
13 Dec 304Lucy, Virgin and Martyr
18 Oct NTLuke the Evangelist
16 Feb 1977Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr
29 Jan NTLydia, Dorcas and Phoebe, Co-workers With the Apostles
2 Jun 177The Martyrs of Lyons
19 Jul 379Macrina the Younger, Monastic and Teacher
22 Jul NTMary Magdalene, First Witness of the Resurrection
16 Nov 1093Margaret, Queen of Scotland
25 Apr NTMark the Evangelist
18 Feb 1546Brother Martin of Erfurt, Educator, Translator
19 Oct 1812Henry Martyn, Missionary and Translator
1 Jun 167Justin Martyr, Philosopher, Apologist, and Martyr
15 Aug NTThe Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord
29 Jul NTMary and Martha of Bethany
21 Sep NTMatthew, Apostle and Evangelist
24 Feb NTMatthias the Apostle
1 Apr 1872Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest and Theologian
19 Apr 1560Philipp Melanchthon, Renewer of the Church
10 Dec 1968Thomas Merton, Monk, Poet, Spiritual Writer
29 Sep OTMichael and All Angels
7 Dec 397Ambrose of Milan, Bishop and Doctor
8 Nov 1674John Milton, Poet
18 Jun 1896Bernard Mizeki, Catechist and Martyr in Africa
4 May 387Monnica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo
22 Jun 1535Thomas More, Martyr
Robert Morrison, Karl Guetzlaff, James Hudson Taylor
7 Oct 1787Henry M Muhlenberg, Patriarch of American Lutherans
8 Apr 1877William Augustus Muhlenberg, Priest
Nicholas of Myra, Friend of Children, Giver of Gifts, Climber of Chimneys,
8 Jan 1956Nate Saint and Other Martyrs of the Ecuador Mission
9 May 389Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop and Theologian
7 Aug 1866John Mason Neale, Priest, Scholar, and Translator
26 Oct 1608Joachim Neander, Hymnwriter
21 Jun 1931Onesimos Nesib, Translator and Missionary
2 Sep 1942The Martyrs of New Guinea
3 Aug NTNicodemus, Scholar
26 Oct 1608Philipp Nicolai, Hymnwriter
18 May 1910Florence Nightingale, Nurse, Renewer of Society
22 May 1918Ludwig Nommensen, Missionary To Sumatra
8 May 1417Dame Julian of Norwich, Contemplative
1 Sep 1931David Pendleton Oakerhater, Deacon and Missionary
18-25 Jan NTOctave of Prayer For Christian Unity
17 Feb NTOnesimus, Slave
5 Aug 642Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr
14 May 346Pachomius, Founder of Christian Community Monasticism
13 Jun 1231Antony of Padua, Preacher
14 Nov 1359Gregory Palamas, Monk, Mystic, and Theologian
26 Jul NTParents of the Virgin Mary
21 Aug 1662Blaise Pascal, Scientist, Religious Writer
17 Mar 461Patrick of Ireland
20 Sep 1871John Coleridge Patteson, Bishop of Melanesia, and His Companions, Martyrs
29 Jun 64Peter and Paul, Apostles and Martyrs
27 Sep 1660Vincent De Paul, Helper of the Poor
10 Oct 644Paulinus, Missionary, First Archbishop of York
7 Mar 202Perpetua and Her Companions, Martyrs At Carthage
19 Apr 1552Olavus Petri, Priest
11 Oct NTPhilip, Deacon and Evangelist
13 Jan 367Hilary of Poitiers, Bishop and Doctor
23 Feb 156Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna and Martyr
8 Jul NTAquila and Priscilla, Companions of the Apostle Paul
30 Apr 1922Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures,
1 Oct 530Remigius of Rheims, Bishop, Apostle of the Franks
13 Feb 1818Richard Allen
3 Apr 1253Richard, Bishop of Chichester
16 Oct 1555Nicholas Ridley, Bishop and Martyr
12 Jan 1167Aelred of Rievaulx, Abbot
21 Jan 304Agnes of Rome, Martyr
23 Nov 100?Clement of Rome, Bishop
30 Jun 64Early Martyrs of Rome
4 Jun 1963Angelo (John XXIII) Roncalli, Bishop
10 Apr 1557Paavo Henrik Ruotsalainen, Preacher
24 Jan 1622Francis De Sales, Bishop and Spiritual Writer
22 Jan 304Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon and Martyr
17 Dec 1957Dorothy L Sayers, Writer and Theologian
28 Jul 1750Heinrich Schuetz, Musician
5 Sep 1965Albert Schweitzer, Missionary
30 Jan 1649Charles I of England and Scotland, King and Martyr
Consecration of Samuel Seabury, Bishop (14 Nov 1784)
7 Jun 1866Seattle, Chief of the Duwamish Confederacy
3 Feb 314Blaise of Sebaste, Bishop and Martyr
10 Mar 320The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
11 Apr 1878George Augustus Selwyn, Bishop and Missionary
25 Sep 1392Sergius, Abbot of Holy Trinity
23 Apr 1616Wm Shakespeare, Playwright
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky of Shanghai,
29 Apr 1380Catherine of Sienna, Reformer and Spiritual Teacher
13 Jul NTSilas, Missionary Companion of Paul
12 Nov 1836Charles Simeon, Teacher
11 Dec 1910Lars Olsen Skrefsrud, Missionary To India
11 Jan 1915Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa
12 Jul 1931Nathan Soderblom, Archbishop of Uppsala
Survey of Church History Available
23 Jul 1373Birgitta of Sweden, Foundress and Devotional Writer
30 Jun 1839Johan Olaf Wallin of Sweden, Bishop, Hymn Writer
31 Dec 335Sylvester of Rome, Bishop
19 Sep 690Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury
13 Aug 1667Jeremy Taylor, Bishop and Theologian
27 Oct 1944William Temple, Theologian, Archbishop of Canterbury
15 Oct 1582Teresa of Avila, Reformer and Contemplative
25 Jan NTThe Conversion of the Apostle Paul
28 Dec NTThe Holy Innocents
5 Feb 1597The Martyrs of Japan
21 Dec NTThomas the Apostle
29 Dec 1170Thomas of Canterbury, Archbishop and Martyr
Three Poems By John Donne
26 Jan NTTimothy, Titus, and Silas, Companions of Paul
11 Nov 397Martin of Tours, Bishop and Theologian
18 Sep 1882The Oxford Tractarians, Renewers of the Church
29 May 1637Juraj Tranovsky, Hymnwriter
6 Oct 1536William Tyndale, Priest, Scholar, Martyr
3 Jun 1886The Martyrs of Uganda
15 Jun 1941Evelyn Underhill, Theologian and Mystic
7 Nov 739Willibrord of Utrecht, Archbishop and Missionary
14 Feb 300?Valentine, Martyr
25 May 735Bede the Venerable, Priest, Monk, Scholar
4 Aug 1859John-baptist Vianney, Pastor
31 May NTThe Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
15 Jul 1015Olga and Vladimir, First Christian Rulers of Russia
25 Nov 1748Isaac Watts, Hymn-writer
18 Nov 680Hilda of Whitby, Abbess and Peacemaker
17 Jul 1836William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania
30 Jul 1833William Wilberforce, Renewer of Society
12 Oct 709Wilfrid, Archbishop of York
2 Dec 1910Channing Moore Williams, Missionary To Asia
1 Jul 1878Catherine Winkworth, Hymnwriter and Educator
26-31 Dec NTThe Witness Days
19 Jan 1095Wulfstan of Worcester, Bishop
31 Dec 1384John Wyclif, Translator and Controversialist
3 Dec 1552Francis Xavier, Missionary
23 Feb 1719Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, Missionary To India

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