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