Tuesday, December 16, 2008
St. Eusebius, Bishop of Vercelli
It is no secret that one of the advantages of the ecclesiastical calendar is an opportunity to study and learn some church history.
On the traditional Western calendar today is the day of St. Eusebius, Bishop of Vercelli (c. 283 - 371). He was consecrated bishop by Pope Julius I on December 15, 340. St. Ambrose writes that Eusebius was the first western bishop to unite the monastic and clerical life. In the controversy with the Arians and even with threats made by the emporer Eusebius refused to sign a document condemning St. Athanasius. He co-presided with Athanasius at a synod in 362. In 363 he assisted St. Hilary of Poitiers against Arian influences in the Western Church. One theological journal in 1900 attributed to him authorship of The Athanasian Creed. The Canons Regular of St. Augustine name him together with St. Augustine as their founder. He is honored by the Western Church as a martyr.
(Source: Adapted from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05614b.htm)