Monsignor Francesco Braschi, a noted scholar from Milan, Italy, will discuss Saint Ambrose's dramatic—and public—call to become Bishop of Milan.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the SAU Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan, "'From the Tribunal to the Altar': Ambrose of Milan's election in late fourth-century Church in Milan" will examine how the fourth-century bishop transformed a minor position, within a minority religion, into one of the most powerful in the entire Roman Empire.
Braschi has presented papers in the United States, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey and China. He writes on a wide variety of topics, from the conversion of Constantine to the lives of Saints Cyril and Methodius to the baptismal rituals celebrated by Saint Ambrose. A founding member of the Accademia Ambrosiana, he served as the director of the Department for Ambrosian Studies until 2010. He also served director roles at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana and for the Department for Slavistics at the Accademia Ambrosiana. Braschi holds a doctorate in theology and patristics.
The Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan promotes and supports scholarship, research and creative work about the patron saint of St. Ambrose University. The Academy's goal is to become the premier research center for the study of St. Ambrose in the English-speaking world through publications, translations, lectures, courses, study-trips, exhibitions, visiting scholars, scholarships and collaboration with other institutions, including the Academia Ambrosiana of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy.