Famous Catholic Mystics

List of Famous Catholic Mystics:

Christian mysticism refers to the development of mystical practices and theory within Christianity. It has often been connected to mystical theology, especially in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. The attributes and means by which Christian mysticism is studied and practiced are varied and range from ecstatic visions of the soul’s mystical union with God to simple prayerful contemplation of Holy Scripture (i.e., Lectio Divina). This article from Wikipedia addresses the practice of the inner, spiritual life within the Christian tradition.

Christian Mystics and Movements in the Early Church

  1. Ignatius of Antioch (c. 35-c.107)
  2. St. Polycarp (c.69-c.155)
  3. Justin Martyr (c.105-c.165)
  4. Irenaeus(c.125-c.202)
  5. Tertullian(c.155-c.222)
  6. St. Antony (c.251-356)
  7. Basil the Great (c.330-379)
  8. Augustine(354-430)
  9. St. Gregory I the Great (b. at Rome, c. 540; d. there, 604)

Catholic Mystics in the Mediaeval Church:

  1. William of St.-Thierry (c.1085-1148)
  2. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)
  3. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
  4. Hugh of St. Victor, canon regular at Paris (b. in Saxony, 1096; d. at Paris, 1141)
  5. Richard of St. Victor, canon regular at Paris (d. at Paris, 1173)
  6. Francis of Assisi (John Bernardone) (1182-1226)
  7. Albertus Magnus (1206-1280)
  8. Beatrice of Nazareth (1200-1268)
  9. Mechthild of Magdeburg (1207-1282)
  10. Bonaventure (John Fidanza) (1217-1274)
  11. St. Bonaventure, Minister General of the Friars Minor (b. at Bagnorea, 1221; d. at Lyons, 1274)
  12. St. Thomas Aquinas (1224-1275)
  13. Angela of Foligno (c.1248-1309)
  14. St. Gertrude, a Benedictine (b. at Eisleben, 1256; d. at Helfta, Saxony, 1302)
  15. Jan van Ruysbroeck (1293-1381)
  16. Henry Suso (1295-1366)
  17. Johannes Tauler (1300-1361)
  18. Richard Rolle (1300-1349)
  19. Birgitta (Brigida) Suecica of Sweden (1302-1373)
  20. Walter Hilton (d. 1395)
  21. Julian of Norwich (1342-1413?)
  22. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

Famous Catholic Mystics 15th to 19th Century

  1. St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510)
  2. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
  3. St. John of the Cross (Juan de Yepes) (1542-1591)
  4. Venerable Luis de Lapuente (b. at Valladolid, 1554; d. there, 1624)
  5. St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
  6. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)
  7. Saint Catherine Labouré  b.1806 d. 1876

Twentieth Century Mystics

  1. Saint Faustina 1905 – 1938
  2. Saint Pio – Padre Pio b.1887

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