The feast day of St. Basil the Great is celebrated on January 2. He is the patron saint of hospital administrators and a Doctor of the Church. He was the Bishop of Caesarea
St. Basil was born in 330 at Caesarea of Cappadocia. He was born into a family of ten children. He studied at Constantinople and Athens where he met St. Gregory Nazianzen.
Before deciding to become a monk, he practiced law and opened a school. He directed the monastery in Pontus for five years. He eventually was ordained a priest. St. Basil became bishop in 370. He fought against Arianism ( the belief that Jesus was not divine in nature) at the Council of Constantinople. He also fought for reform of the clergy. He was known for his holiness and was tireless in caring for his people. He was known for preaching twice a day to huge crowds. The hospital that he built was a hospital that was called a wonder of the world.
Basil was best known for his preaching. Because of his writings he is considered a one of the great teachers of the Church.
Sickly since youth, the work of teaching, his life of abstinence, and the responsibilities and sorrows of pastoral service took their toll on him. Saint Basil died on January 1, 379 at age 49.
St. Basil is considered a Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of hospital administrators.
“Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that
smooths the road to a good man’s fortune;
and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance.”
Quote of St Basil the Great
January is the Month of the Holy Name