April 4 - Saint Isidore of Seville

Quick Facts
  • Son of Severianus and Theodora, people known for their piety.
  • Brother of Saint Fulgentius,Saint Florentina, andSaint 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, wrote a rule for religious orders.
  • Prolific writer including 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.