(Painting: Gerard Seghers)
- St. Augustine of Hippo was born on the 13th November 354 AD and died on the 28th August 420 AD.
- His feast day in the 28th August, the day of his death and he is known as the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians, the alleviation of sore eyes, and is a patron to numerous cities and dioceses all over the world.
- St Augustine is recognised as a saint in the Catholic church, the Anglican Church and the Eastern Christian church and is considered a preeminent Doctor of the Church.
- St. Augustine was born in the Roman province of Numidia, in Algeria, and was the son of St. Monica, the patron saint of difficult marriages, disappointing children and victims of verbal abuse.
- Scholars generally agree that Augustine and his family were Berbers, an ethnic group which originate from North Africa, but that they were strongly Romanised.
- Augustine was an expert in Latin, becoming well known for his eloquent use of the language during debates and throughout his writings and published works.
- His most famous works include The Confessions and The City of God, which helped shape the foundations of medieval and modern Christian thought, and which still are very influential to modern Christianity today.
- St. Augustine became the Bishop of Hippo Regius, an ancient trading city in Algeria, thus constituting one of his more popular names St. Augustine of Hippo.
- At the age of 31, in 386 AD, St Augustine who at the time had become strongly inspired and influenced by life the of Saint Anthony of the Dessert, was prompted by a voice to ”take up and read” the bible. St Augustine took the voice as a command and came across Paul’s Epistle to the Romans noting the famous passage ”Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Thereafter St Augustine converted to Christianity.
- St. Augustine was canonised in 1298 AD by Pope Boniface VIII, which led to the city of Florida named after St. Augustine.
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