Book of Saints – Saint Isidore of Seville

painting of Saint Isidore reading, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, mid 17th centuryArticle

April 4

Isidore was born at Cartagena in Spain. His two brothers and sisters are Saints. As a boy Isidore was discouraged because he failed in his studies, but with the help of God he became one of the most learned men of his time.

Isidore helped to free Spain from the Arian heresy. Following a call from God, he became a hermit. But after his brother’s death he became the Archbishop of Seville. Both of his brothers were bishops.

Isidore was admired for his preaching, his miracles, his work for the liturgy and the laws of the Church. He brought many Catholics in Spain back to the Church. He was the head of the Fourth Council of the Church in Toledo in 633.

Isidore wrote many books. He governed his diocese about thirty-seven years. He died in Seville on 4 April 636. He is honored as a Doctor of the Church.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Isidore of Seville”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 January 2019. Web. 15 September 2019. <>