St. Gregory the Great

Gregory, the son of a Roman senator, was governor of Rome when he was called to the religious life. After founding six monasteries, he was elected pope. As the supreme pontiff he worked hard to organize and guide the Church: he created an improved calendar, still in use today, and protected the city from barbarians. He also saved the people from famine by organizing Rome’s granaries. He brought more order to sacred music, and the Church continues to appreciate his contributions to the liturgy.

ca. 540 –604
Sept. 3

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