Beyond the incredible shopping – much of which Catherine Kasten and Peggy Shallue have had their her fill of in the city – there is a deeper story of conversion. It is here in 384 that the man known as Augustine – who would latter be known as St. Augustine of Hippo – encountered St. Ambrose, a bishop who was well known for his skill in rhetoric. As a professor of rehtoric in Milan, Augustine began studying the skill of Ambrose and was slowly convinced of the value of Scripture. It was Ambrose who was a great spark in the conversion of Augustine, and “[…in] Lent of 387 Augustine became a catechumen and together with his son Adeodatus and his friend Alypius was baptized at the Easter Vigil on April 24.” (Thank you Fr. Ted Antry)
The spot where Augustine was baptized into the Christian faith is below the present Cathedral – Duomo.
The following is a clip from the new film about the life of Augustine depicting his conversion:
Please stay tuned for more soon.