(c. 340-397)

Feast Day December 7

Saint Ambrose, also known as Aurelius Ambrosius, is one of the four original doctors of the Church. He was the Bishop of Milan and became one of the most important theological figures of the 4th century.

Ambrose was born around 340 AD to a Roman Christian family. He grew up with his siblings, Satyrus and Marcellina, in Trier, Belgic Gaul (present-day Germany). It is believed by many that

when Ambrose was just an infant, a swarm of bees landed on his face and left behind a drop of honey. To his father, this was a sign that Ambrose would become someone great with a wonderful sense for speaking.

After Ambrose’s father passed away, he was educated in Rome, where he studied law, literature and rhetoric. Ambrose received a place on the council, like his father, and was made consular prefect, or the Governor, of Liguria and Emilia around 372. Ambrose’s headquarters were in Milan, the then second capital of Italy. Ambrose remained Governor until 374 when he became the Bishop of Milan.  Ambrose was baptized, ordained and duly consecrated bishop of Milan on December 7, 374.

As bishop, he donated all his land and gave his money to the poor. This made him widely popular and often more politically powerful than even the emperor.

Patron: of Beekeepers, beggars, learners, Milan (source: Catholic Online)

Mission of St Ambrose Concord West

  • Standing united as one community
  • To live and share our Catholic faith
  • According to God’s Word
  • May we value each person’s dignity
  • Believing in the uniqueness of the individual
  • Respecting the needs of others and
  • Offering our combined talents to
  • Serve God in our lives which are
  • Enriched by our shared celebration of the Eucharist