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St.  Basil was born in 329 in Caesarea, Cappadocia, Asia Minor.  He received an education from his father and grandmother.  He went on to advanced studies at Constantinople and Athens.  He taught rhetoric at Caesarea after completing his studies and decided to become a religious.  He was baptized and after visiting several monasteries became a hermit in 358 in Pontus.  He organized the first monastery in Asia Minor and attracted many disciples.  He was ordained in 363.  Disagreements with the Archbishop caused him to return to Pontus.  Over the years, he had many disagreements with the authorities.  Despite his struggles, he built a complex for the poor and sick and ministered to them.  He was a great preacher and attracted great throngs to his preaching.  He was considered one of the giants of the early Church.  He died at Caesarea on January 1, 379 (when his feast is celebrated in the East).

FEAST DAY:  June 14

PATRON OF:  Hospital administrators

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