St Augustine of Hippo was a bishop and Doctor of the Church from North Africa, who converted from a life of sin to become one of the greatest theologians in the Church’s history.
What Is Saint Augustine Best Known For?
St Augustine of Hippo was a priest, bishop, and Doctor of the Church, who converted from a life of vice to become one of the greatest theologians in the Church’s history.
He was born in Africa to St Monica but gave himself over to a life of impurity and carnal pleasures.
His faithful mother, however, prayed for him without ceasing, and through her prayers and the influence of St Ambrose, Augustine eventually converted to the Catholic Faith.
He received Baptism from St Ambrose, and went on to become a priest and bishop.
During his life, he combated heresies (notably against the Donatists who were rigorist heretics), wrote illuminating and powerful theological works (still read today), and wrote a famous Rule used by several religious communities.
He died on August 28th, 430, at age 75, as the Vandals were invading his city in North Africa.
He is the patron saint of brewers, printers, against tired eyes, and theologians.