Catholic Saints

Saint Augustine

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Augustine
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Augustine
  • What is Saint Augustine the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Augustine is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo
What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Augustine
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Theologians
  • Born: 13 November 354 in a provincial Roman city in North Africa as Aurelius Augustinus
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: August 28th
  • Date of Death: Saint Augustine died in 430
  • Cause of Death: Natural causes

Who or what is Saint Augustine the patron saint of?
Saint Augustine is the patron of Theologians. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

The Story and History of Saint Augustine
The story and history of Saint Augustine. He lead a life of lax morals until he converted to Christianity. During this time he became a great scholar and the author of many Latin books. He converted to Christianity and founded a monastery. Augustine became the Bishop of Hippo in 396 (the North African city of Hippo Regius).

Death of Saint Augustine
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Augustine died in 430. Cause of Death: Natural causes. 

Why is Saint Augustine the patron of Theologians?
Why is Saint Augustine is the patron of Theologians? He is considered to be the writer of some of greatest theological works of all time.

How Saint Augustine is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Augustine in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Augustine is represented in Christian Art with a flaming heart, symbolical of the ardour of his piety. Sometimes it is a heart transfixed by a sword, to express the poignancy of his repentance for having delayed his conversion until a comparatively late period of his life, in spite of the prayers of St. Monica, his mother. Occasionally he is seen with nothing more than a pen and a book.

Feast Day of Saint Augustine
The Feast Day of Saint Augustine is August 28th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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