Saint John Chrysostom
Doctor of the Church, "Golden Mouth"

St. John Chrysostom was one of the greatest Fathers, Doctors and bishops of the Catholic Church. Recognized to be among the most powerful orators of the ancient world, St. Chrysostom suffered much for his stand as a Catholic bishop, from both secular authorities and, sadly, from some within the Church.

Born around 349, St. John's early life combined classical learning and Christian asceticism. He was a student of philosophy and rhetoric. He was ordained a deacon in 381 and entered the priesthood in 386.

In 397 St. John suceeded Nectarious as bishop of Constantinople. His initial popularity faded as his reforms upset various priests, monastic leaders and secular leaders. In 403 the Synod of the Oak condemned Chrysostom on twenty-nine charges. He was exiled, but riots forced the authorities to bring him back. However, he was soon back in exile. He died on September 14, 407 while being forced to march in the hot sun.

Chrysostom was the most prolific of the Fathers, leaving us with many sermons, letters, treatises and apologetic works. He was an incredible speaker whose sermons often moved his audience to tears or applause. He is the patron saint of preachers and his feast day is January 27th.