MEMORIAL: JANUARY 2
Both St. Basil and St. Gregory were born in Asia minor in the 4th century AD. Coming from saintly families, they were sent by their parents to various schools of Theology, Oration and Rhetoric. In these schools, their friendship was initiated, especially in Athens.
After schooling, Basil became a monk and wrote a monastic rule. He eventually opened many monasteries and became Bishop of Caesarea. He held this position until his death in 379 AD. Basil was known for his incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom. He fought against the Arian heresy and showed much charity to the poor. He is known as “the Great” and one of the original Doctors of the Church. He is the patron saint of hospital administrators.
Gregory became the bishop of Constantinople after Basil’s death and played a prominent role in the council of Constantinople in 381 AD, using much of his and Basil’s combined work. After the council, Gregory lived about eight more years, known as a master poet and orator. We celebrate both Gregory and Basil’s feasts today because of their great friendship.