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Saint Ambrose
November 28, 2018
by staff
Saint Ambrose

 

Saint Ambrose (337-397) was born into a Christian family in Trier. His father is believed to have been a praetorian prefect of Gaul. Saint Ambrose was educated in Rome, entered the public life upon finishing his studies and was eventually appointed governor of Milan. When the local bishop, an Arian, died he went to the location where the election of the next bishop was to take place in order to prevent a fracas between Arians and orthodox believers. As he addressed the people, the populace started chanting “Ambrose, bishop!” He refused the office and fled the scene, but a few days later, after a request from the emperor himself, he accepted the prelacy. Saint Ambrose is known for his valiant combat against Arianism, for having converted Saint Augustine of Hippo, and for having excommunicated Emperor Theodosius after he massacred 7000 people in retaliation for the murder of a Roman official. Ambrose's body may still be viewed in the church of Saint Ambrogio, in Milan.