Meet a Mystic: Saint Basil the Great

The rooms in Spirit Center are named for famous mystics and monastics. Each Canticle features one of them.

Saint Basil the Great (330-379) was a theologian who also had a vital and visionary grounding in ministry. He supported the Nicene Creed, was a famous preacher, and became bishop of Caesarea. He cared for the underprivilged, even giving away his inheritance to the poor. He built a large complex called the Basiliad which included a poorhouse, hospice, and hospital. He criticized the greed and corruption of public officials and worked to reform the clergy. He founded several monasteries and is considered the father of Eastern monasticism and an influencer of Saint Benedict.