St. Gregory was born in 540 in Rome. His father was a senator
and his mother is a saint, St. Celia. Gregory studied philosophy and while
still young, became governor of Rome. When his father died, Gregory turned his
large house into a monastery and for several years he lived as a good and holy
monk. Pope Pelagius made him one of the seven deacons of Rome and upon his
death, he chose Gregory to take his place.
For fourteen years, St. Gregory was one of the greatest popes
the Church has ever had. He wrote many books and was a wonderful preacher. He
cared for people all over the world. In fact, he considered himself the servant
of all. He was the first pope to use the title "servant of the servants of
God." All the popes since have used this title.
St. Gregory took special, loving care of poor people and
strangers and fed them daily. He was also very sensitive to the injustices
people suffered. The last years of his holy pope’s life were filled with great
sufferings, yet he continued working for his beloved Church until the very end.
St. Gregory died on March 12, 604.
St Gregory Feast Day September 3