“The declaration that a saint is a Doctor of the Universal Church implies the recognition of a charism of wisdom bestowed by the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church . . .”
— Pope Emeritus Benedict XVIThe 35 Doctors of the Church presents the most comprehensive and fasci-nating collection available anywhere on the lives and labors of the saints who have been declared the Church’s Doctors.
From St. Athanasius (c. 297–373) to St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873–1897), you’ll find the amazing stories of 35 extraordinary men and women
who are honored both for their holiness and for the eminence of their teachings about the Faith.Their work and witness are truly timeless; their lives and wisdom show us how to be holy in our own lives, how to confront the challenges of today,
and how to proclaim the Gospel to a modern world hungering for Jesus Christ.Originally published as The 33 Doctors of the Church by Father Christopher Rengers, O.F.M. Cap., The 35 Doctors of the Church has been updated by Dr. Matthew E. Bunson, K.H.S.,
to include two new chapters about recently pro-claimed Doctors, St. John of Ávila and St. Hildegard of Bingen. The revised edition also includes a new Introduction
with a detailed explanation of how the Church proclaims Doctors and their meaning for today.
Father Christopher Rengers, O.F.M. Cap., was born in 1917 at Pittsburgh. In 1936 he became a Capuchin novitiate in Maryland, and finished professing his vows four years later. He was ordained in Washington, D.C. in 1942, and taught four years at St. Joseph College in Kansas before spending fifty years on various assignments through parish work. He is the author of The Youngest Prophet, Mary of the Americas, Words from the Cross, and They Played in Calvary s Drama. His work has also appeared in magazines such as Soul, Priest, and Pastoral Life.
Father Rengers was very interested in the doctors of the Church, and admitted that writing on them made a big impact on his life. His recent activities include hearing confessions at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and doing ministry work in nursing homes.