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News and updates from the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan

Ambrose of the Age

During this spring's colloquium, the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan is hosting an art exhibition on the image of Saint Ambrose.

Submissions should follow the theme of "Ambrose of the Age" that show Ambrose true to his character and a particular time and place, from late Roman Milan in the 4th century to 21st century Davenport.

Artists are strongly encouraged to read primary sources, namely works written by Saint Ambrose himself. Artists must be current or former SAU students, faculty or staff. A jury will discuss the overall effectiveness of each submission; other prizes will be awarded. All visual media will be considered.

Email the following to by February 15:

  • Name and contact information
  • Hi-res image of your work (at least 300 dpi JPG or TIFF)
  • Title, medium, and size of the work (preferably 36"x48" or smaller)
  • A one-page description that explains what insights the work gives into the character of Ambrose

Feast of Saint Ambrose 2014

Brian Berni, palaeographer and archivist, will be our guest on the Feast of Saint Ambrose, Dec. 7.

Mr. Berni will present his research findings on a manuscript of Saint Ambrose's de Officies, published December 4, 1514. A viewing of the text will mark the 500th anniversary of this text, which was recently acquired by The Academy. Mr. Berni will also discuss conclusions that can be drawn from his analysis of medieval margin notes that were added after publication. What do these footnotes say about the teachings of Ambrose, and who may have written them? What theological debates were occurring at that time in history and do they relate? Join us for this fascinating adventure into our faith's past with this incredible, tangible artifact!

About Mr. Berni:
Mr. Berni earned his BA in Early Modern History and an MA (Cardiff, UK) in Medieval British Studies.

In 2008 he began his training at the Vatican Secret Archives, where he was employed as an archivist, researcher and Latin translator between 2010 and 2012. He also holds a degree in Library Science by the Vatican Library.

He has worked on 16th century ecclesiastical libraries, Early Medieval manuscripts and 14th century Papal letters and registers.

He is currently an independent scholar based in Milan, Italy.

Translation of Pasini's Saint Ambrose Biography Released

In August, Fr. Robert "Bud" Grant's translation of Mons. Cesare Pasini's biography of Saint Ambrose was released. The translation, rendered by the Director of the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan, Ambrose of Milan: Deeds and Thought of a Bishop, was published by Alba House. Fr. Grant's translation is a significant contribution to the lively research into SAU's patron saint. Mons. Pasini, Prefect of the Vatican Libraries, visited and lectured at St. Ambrose University in December 2012. Contact The Academy to buy a copy.

Fr. Bud Becomes Formal Member of Biblioteca Ambrosiana

In April, 2014, Fr. Robert "Bud" Grant will become a formal member of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. During this ceremony, Mons. Cesare Pasini will present a medal signifying Fr. Grant's entrance into this prestigious academy. This honor represents Fr. Grant's contributions to the study of Saint Ambrose of Milan, especially through his creation of the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan and his translation of Mons. Pasini's biography of Saint Ambrose.

Past News and Events

Don Braschi

The Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan at St. Ambrose University hosted don Francesco Braschi in March 2014. His address was titled, "From the Tribunal to the Altar: Ambrose of Milan's election in late 4th-century Church in Milan." Don Braschi is a founding member and former director of the Academia Ambrosiana in Milan and has published and lectured extensively on Ambrose of Milan.

Centering Ambrogio

Read Ted Stephens feature article about the genesis of the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose from the March 2012 issue of the Scene Magazine

Cultural Traditions and Religious Innovation in Saint Ambrose of Milan

Enjoy a re-cap of the "Cultural Tradition and Religious Innovation in Saint Ambrose of Milan" Symposium held in April 2012 . Read more at Past Colloquia.