St. Basil the Great was a fourth century (330-379 CE) Greek bishop and doctor of the Church known as a tireless teacher, theologian, a champion of orthodoxy and particularly for his care of the poor and underprivileged.
He was considered a father of communal monasticism who moderated some of the more severe practices in monastic life and helped establish a balance between work and prayer. St. Basil also believed in incorporating secular learning, particularly the “pagan classics,” into a Christian education.
Other patrons of the Basilians are: the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. John Bosco.