1Isidore was born in Cartagena, Spain to a family that included three other saints. He was the son of Severianus and Theodora. He was educated by his elder brother Leander, whom he succeeded as bishop of Seville.
An amazingly learned man, he was sometimes called “The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages” because the encyclopedia he wrote, the twenty-book opus (called Etymologia, after the subject title of one of the books), was used as a textbook for nine centuries. Other than this, Isidore wrote numerous books, including a dictionary, a history of Goths and a history of the world—beginning with creation. He completed the Mozarabic liturgy, which is still in use in Toledo, Spain.
He established schools that teach languages, liberal arts, philosophy, law and medicine, history and theology. He also persuaded all bishops to establish seminaries in cathedral cities, making education an obligation for all bishops. For all these reasons, Isidore (as well as several other saints), has been suggested as patron of the Internet.
2In 1997, Pope John Paul II chose Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636), Doctor of the Church, and last of the Latin Fathers as the Patron Saint of the Internet.
The Board of Directors chose Isidore de Seville to represent the school for the values and standards they stand for. The school focused on the great contributions to society that Isidore de Seville achieved and considered his humanity to serve as the guiding light for the Isidore Community. Without diminishing his title as a Saint, and to point out that Isidore caters to all faiths or religions, the Isidore Board of Directors chose to drop the salutation.