Saint Isidore of Seville

Saint Isidore of Seville

Isidore of Seville, Saint, c.560-636, Spanish churchman and encyclopedist, bishop of Seville, Doctor of the Church. Born of a noble Hispano-Roman family from Cartagena, he spent his youth under the supervision of his brother St. Leander, powerful bishop of Seville, and may have helped the latter in the extirpation of Arianism among the Visigoths. During his own tenure of the bishopric (from c.600) Isidore wielded considerable ecclesiastical power; he presided at the second Council of Seville (619) and at the fourth national Council of Toledo (633). He is best known, however, for his voluminous writings. His most influential work is the Etymologies or Origins, an encyclopedic treatise that aims to set down all the knowledge of the time. It is a comprehensive work in plan, and it transmitted to scholars of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance a great measure of classical learning. It was, however, a completely derived work, unenlightened by firsthand observation, and sometimes faulty in its scholarship. His Historia de Regibus Gothorum, Vandalorum et Suevorum [history of the reigns of the Goths, Vandals, and Suevi] continues to be useful in studying the early history of Spain. He also wrote many treatises on theology, language, natural history, and other subjects. His great learning and defense of education before the rising tide of Gothic barbarism was important to the development of Spanish culture. Feast: Apr. 4.

See studies by E. Brehaut (1912); Sister P. Mullins (1940); G. Donini and G. B. Ford (1970).

Saint-Isidore (2006 pop.: 796) is a Canadian village in Gloucester County, New Brunswick. It is bordered by the communities of Pont-Landry, Hacheyville, Bois-Gagnon and Tilley-Road.

Situated on the Acadian Peninsula, the settlement was founded by Rev. Gagnon in 1876, it merged with the community of Bois-Hébert which were incorporated in 1991 as the current Village de Saint-Isidore. The current mayor is Cécile Renaud.

Saint-Isidore belongs the the town of Tracadie-Sheila's sphere of influence. With the population being Acadian, almost all of its inhabitants speak French as a mother tongue and are of the Catholic religion. This is represented through the majestic local church, built in 1904. The local school name is École la Relève and offers kindergarten programs until the 7th grade.

The main industries are agriculture, asphalt and services. The village maintains a local museum, a public pool and a few parks around the municipality. It is crossed by provincial roads 160 and 135.

Famous residents of Saint-Isidore (including those who are from there but no longer live there) include AIDS activist Dr.Réjean Thomas and opera singer Michèle Losier, both now living in Montreal, Quebec.

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