“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 and evidenced by the beneficial influence of his or her teaching among the People of God.”
Pope Benedict XVI, 2012

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Relying on experts in Church history, theology, and spirituality, EWTN’s The Doctors of the Church offers the first ever series dedicated to the remarkable lives, writings, and holiness of the 36 men and women declared Doctors over the centuries.

The Doctors of the Church are men and women who are revered by the Church for the special value of their writings and preaching and the sanctity of their lives. A Doctor is named by a special decree of the Pope or an Ecumenical Council. They each made important and lasting contributions to the faith and are to be recognized for their great merits. Initially, the Doctors were considered the Church Fathers Augustine, Ambrose, Jerome, and Gregory I the Great, but the Church added others to the list over the centuries.

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  • Wednesday, June 20 at 10 PM ET

    Dr. Matthew Bunson talks about the life and work of St. Athanasius of Alexandria.

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Originally published as "The 33 Doctors of the Church" by Fr. Christopher Rengers, a Capuchin Franciscan priest, this edition has been updated by Dr. Matthew Bunson to include two new chapters about recently proclaimed Doctors, St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen. This is the most comprehensive and fascinating collection available on the lives and labors of the saints who have been declared Doctor of the Church. This revised edition also includes a new Introduction with a detailed explanation of how the Church proclaims Doctors and their meaning for today. Paperback. 776 pages.

Price: $35.00


Come face-to-face with the saints who shaped the Church into what it is today. In this first installment, travel back to the Church in the 4th century, where a heresy that denied Christ's divine nature ran rampant. But, through the threat of the exile and persecution, one man was willing to take a stand. Join Dr. Matthew Bunson as he introduces the unshakeable theologian, bishop and Doctor of the Church, St. Antanasius of Alexandria: Doctor of the Incarnation. 1 disc / 30 minutes (CC)

Price: $15.00