St. Basil is known as one of the Doctors of the Church and is one of the many reasons why a St. Basil rosary is a cherished keepsake. He had the unique fortune of being born into a family of Saints! Basil the Great went on to create a monastery and created rules for monks and nuns to live by that are still followed today by the Orthodox Church. Basil the Great spent his life teaching the ways of the Catholic Church and defended the Church against those that sought to persecute its followers.