Who Was Saint Ambrose?

December 7th is the Feast Day of Saint Ambrose.  It is celebrated in Milan, where Aurelius Ambrosius served as a Governor who earned popularity among his subjects through his gentle spirit.  As an inspirational namesake, we wanted to celebrate Saint Ambrose Day and share a little about this Patron Saint of Beekeepers, Beggars and Learners.

Aurelius Ambrosius was one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. He spent most of his time with his people, who sought him out for consolation and hope.  He believed that generosity to the poor was a repayment of God’s resources of which everyone was entitled equally.

When the current Bishop passed away, Ambrosius was so well loved that there was a public outcry for the Church to appoint him Bishop.  Ambrosius was so humble that he went into hiding to avoid the appointment.  He was forced to become Bishop when the current Emperor threatened to punish anyone who gave him shelter.  Upon his appointment, Ambrosius gave all of his money and land to the poor.  He served as Bishop of Milan for the next 23 years.

His teachings make him a fitting role model for our organization.  Like Saint Ambrose we strive to help the under-served and assist low-income families. And as explained in our tagline “The temple stands unfinished until all are housed in dignity,” we believe everyone deserves the resources that enable them to grow, thrive and build bright futures.

*Information on Saint Ambrose provided by Ms. Marian Ervin, St. Ambrose Staff

Homecomings

“While all our programs have merit, they are perhaps best explained through the experiences of the people who know us best.  In every regard, our clients are remarkable people. Each is a special story waiting to be told.

Look at their faces. Hear their words. It is their faith that gives us the faith to fulfill our work. If we can continue to create homecomings for people like those you’re about to meet, we will have done our job well. And, with your help, we will do even more– for our neighbors and for our city.”

-From St. Ambrose’s 25th Anniversary endowment campaign book

 

It’s hard to believe we are half way through our 50 stories!  For our 25th story, we wanted to take a look back at St. Ambrose’s 25th anniversary.  While a lot has changed, our clients are still as great as ever.  They remain the cornerstone of our faith for this work. Below are stories from some of our clients 25 years ago. We hope you enjoy their stories as much as we do.

 

 

 

The early years according to Vinnie Quayle

St. Ambrose founder Vinnie Quayle discusses how St. Ambrose got it’s start. “We’re going to teach individual families how to buy houses and how to improve their housing situation and we’re going to [work] on the larger issues with the institutions that could affect the real change.”