Ignatis, Bishop of Antioch in 110 A.D., may have actually known the apostles. While he was being taken to Rome to be martyred, he wrote letters to Christian communities, telling the people to stay close to their bishops, to love one another, and to rejoice in dying for Christ.
A strong, popular bishop, Ambrose defended the Church against the heretics and wrote much to uphold the faith. Augustine was lead to the faith. Augustine was led to the faith through the preaching of Ambrose.
Bishop Athansius skillfully defended the truth of Jesus' divinity against the Arian heresy
As a greek Father of the Church, Basil tried to improve the relationship between the Christian Church in the East and the Christian Church in the West
John was nicknamed "golden-mouthed" because his inspiring sermons brought so many people to Christ.
Working tirelessly in a monastery, Jerome translated most of the Bible from the original languages into Latin. His translation is called the Vulgate.
A Christian mother, Monicia prayed constantly that her son, Augustine would become a follower of Christ.
After a long search for truth, Augustine became a bishop of Hippo and an outstanding Christian teacher, writer, and theologian.
Anthony spent much of his life alone in prayer and penance in the Egyptian desert. He taught others to live as good monks.