Saint Ambrose

Saint Ambrose was born in France around 340.  When his father, who was in the employ of the Roman government, died his mother took him and his sister back to Rome. He was reared by his widowed mother and his sister, St. Marcellina. He excelled in his studies of law, literature, and rhetoric and became …

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Early Church Fathers

The Church Fathers were theologians whose writings explained biblical principles in the early Church.  These men had strong communication skills and demonstrated personal holiness despite not all of them having been canonized.   Some were clergy but and they were all not infallible.  Many of them were followers of the Apostles.  They offered explanations on …

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St. Cyprian of Carthage

St. Cyprian, was born in Carthage, North Africa.   He was was a big-hearted, well-educated “man about town” when he was converted by the example and words of an old priest. He redirected his life in his mid fourties and made a vow of chastity.   His mind was now focused on Scripture and the growing …

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St. Augustine of Hippo

Saint Augustine of Hippo, was born in 354 in Tagaste, in Latin-speaking North Africa to St. Monica and her husband, by arrangement, Patricius who was a pagan official.  He was the oldest of 3 children born to this union.  His father was much older than his mother and was a perpetrator of domestic violence.   St. Augustine’s …

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