September 2017 - St. John Chrysostom

Photo: Judith Crow/courtesy St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, Seattle Photo: Judith Crow/courtesy St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, Seattle

St. John Chrysostom

‘Golden-mouthed’ preacher stood up to a corrupt empire

347–407
Feast: September 13

Born in Antioch, St. John Chrysostom (Greek for “golden-mouthed”) was among the great preachers in the history of the church and the most prominent Greek father of the church. After meeting the holy bishop Meletius, he spent three years studying the Scriptures and religious writings, was baptized, and lived for two years in the desert as a hermit. Returning to Antioch because of poor health, he was ordained a priest in 386. In 398 he was forcibly appointed patriarch of Constantinople. He was renowned for his preaching and courage in the face of the Byzantine Empire, whose corruption and decadence he never shirked from criticizing. He died in exile. Many of his writings survive, and he is honored as a doctor of the church.

- Catholic News Agency

Northwest Catholic - September 2017