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SAINT GREGORY OF NAZIANSUS

Saint Gregory The Theologian Cappadocia

Gregory of Nazianzus (330 - 389) was educated in Caesarea in Palestine, Alexandria, and Athens where his good friendship started with Basil the Great.

He preferred the seclusion of a monastery in Isauria to the bishopric nominated to him.

After the death of emperor Valens, who had favored the Arians, Gregory became the champion of the Nicene Creed and took his place at The First Council of the Constantinople (381).

He is known to have spent the rest of his life in rural retirement the Trinity as it had first been formulated at the Council of Nicaea in 325.

In his writings, he mentions a visit to the pilgrimage site of St. Thecla near Seleucia on the Calycadnus (Silifke).