Basil was born to a noble and religious family in the year 329. Four of his nine siblings are canonized as Catholic Saints, along with his mother (Emmelia), father (Basil the Elder), and grandmother (Macrina). He studied in Constantinople and Athens, and became a much sought after speaker. Afraid of being consumed by pride, he sold all of his possessions and became a priest and monk. He was known to hold Mass and preach to crowds twice a day, and was a Doctor and Father of the Church.
b. 329 Caesarea, Asia Minor (modern Turkey) d. 1/1/379 Caesarea
Patronage: Monks, Education, Exorcism, Liturgists, Hospital Administrators
Feast Day: January 2