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Doctor of the Church – Spiritual Dictionary

November 16, 2013 by  
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Doctor of the Church


DOCTOR of the CHURCH: 
A title given since the Middle Ages to certain saints whose writing or for post on Doctor of the Churchpreaching is outstanding for guiding the faithful in all periods of the Church’s history.

This Spiritual Dictionary Term is an excerpt from the Glossary of Dan’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. To learn more, click here.

We have an excellent post on our site on the term Doctor of the Church titled:  Who are the Doctors of the Church and Why Should I Care?  To access it, click here.  Since that post was written, the Church has added three more Doctors of the Church to the list that stood at 33 Doctors, which was reached when St John Paul II added St Thérèse of Lisieux as a Doctor of the Church in 1997.  Those who have been named to the list since then and who now hold the title are:

  • St Hildegard of Bingen – named by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012,
  • St John of Avila – named by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, and
  • St Gregory of Narek – named by Pope Francis in February, 2015.
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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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