St. Isidore of Seville


 
St. Isidore of Seville Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/04


Patron Of: Computer Technicians, Computer Users, Computers, Schoolchildren, Students, The Internet

Also known as

    * Isidore the Bishop
    * Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages

Memorial

    * 4 April

Profile

    Son of Severianus and Theodora, people known for their piety. Brother of Saint Fulgentius of Ecija, Saint Florentina of Cartagena, and Saint Leander of Seville, who raised him after their father‘s death. Initially a poor student, he gave the problem over to God and became one of the most learned men of his time. Priest. Helped his brother Leander, archbishop of Seville, in the conversion the Visigoth Arians. Hermit.

    Archbishop of Seville c.601, succeeding his brother to the position. Teacher, founder, reformer. Required seminaries in every diocese, and wrote a rule for religious orders. Prolific writer whose works include a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a history of Goths, and a history of the world beginning with creation. Completed the Mozarabic liturgy which is still in use in Toledo, Spain. Presided at the Second Council of Seville, and the Fourth Council of Toledo. Introduced the works of Aristotle to Spain.

    Proclaimed Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIV in 1722, and became the leading candidate for patron of computer users and the internet in 1999.

Born

    * c.560 at Cartagena, Spain

Died

    * 4 April 636 at Seville, Spain

Canonized

    * Pre-Congregation

Patronage

    * computer technicians
    * computer users
    * computers
    * the Internet
    * schoolchildren
    * students

Representation

    * bees
    * bishop holding a pen while surrounded by a swarm of bees
    * bishop standing near a beehive
    * old bishop with a prince at his feet
    * pen
    * priest or bishop with pen and book
    * with Saint Leander, Saint Fulgentius, and Saint Florentina of Cartagena
    * with his Etymologia

 



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