St. Augustine

Augustine was born in Tagaste, in northern Africa, the son of Patricius, a pagan Roman official. His mother, St. Monica, was a Christian, and she raised Augustine in the Faith. He went to Carthage to study law, turning instead to literary interests.

Turning Points: St. Augustine

In his second Turning Point feature, Russell Shaw explores the life of St. Augustine, a headstrong, self-indulgent young man who became one of the most important Christian thinkers of all time and a saint. Shaw examines the story of Augustine’s conversion as