Saint Gregory the Illuminator

statue of Saint Gregory the Illuminator; date unknown, artist unknown; facade of Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Rome, Italy; photographed on 4 May 2010 by Lars Curfs; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Apostle to Armenia
  • Gregorios ho phoster
  • Gregory Lusavorich
  • Gregory of Armenia
  • Gregory the Enlightener
  • Gregory, Illuminator of Armenia
  • The Enlightener



Gregory’s father Anak killed King Khosrov I of Armenia, and young Gregory was sent to Caesarea to avoid being killed in revenge. There he married, and was the father of two sons. Bishop of Ashtishat, Armenia where he became a hugely successful evangelist. Helped free Armenia from Persian rule. Miracle worker. Captured on his return to his native land, he was held prisoner and tortured for 13 years by the son of King Khosrov. Gregory’s example led to the conversion of Khosrov to Christianity, and together they evangelized and converted most of Armenia.


  • 257, possibly in Parthia


  • 332 of natural causes



MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gregory the Illuminator“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 August 2008. Web. 1 December 2015. <>