Book of Saints – Silvester – 31 December

polychromed wood statue of Pope Saint Sylvester I by Domëne Moling, mid-18th century; parish church of Saint Genesius in La Val, Tyrol, Italy; photographed on 25 October 2013 by Wolfgang Moroder; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

(Saint) Pope (December 31) (4thcentury) The successor of Pope Saint Melchiades (A.D. 314). He governed the Church during twenty and more eventful years, marked by the cessation of the age-long persecutions under the Pagan Roman Emperors, by the conversion of the Emperor Constantine and by the celebration of the great Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) against the Arian heretics. He ably organised the discipline of the Roman Church, happily no longer imprisoned in the Catacombs in one of which, however, his own body remained interred for several centuries after his death (A.D. 335).

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Silvester”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 December 2016. Web. 20 October 2020. <>