Ignatius of Antioch, St.
Martyr for the faith
Disciple of John the Evangelist
Condemned to die by wild beasts in Rome
Brought from Antioch to Rome and wrote seven
letters to churches and individuals along the way
Place and dates
Letter to Ephesians; Letter to Magnesians;
Letter to Tralles; Letter to Philadelphians;
Letter to Smyrnans; Letter to Romans;
Letter to Polycarp of Smryna
These contain warnings against heretical doctrines; contain detailed
summaries of doctrines; and a picture of Church organization
with bishops, presbyters (elders) and deacons;
First to stress Virgin Birth and to use the term "catholic church"