He wasn't even baptized
He worked for the government.
He was only in his early thirties.
Everyone thought he was an excellent choice to be the new bishop.
He tried to hide, but the people tracked him down. He was baptized, rushed through all the intervening stages and ceremonies, ordained a priest, and then, 1635 years ago today, Ambrose was ordained bishop of Milan.
He then began his on-the-job training – surely one of the most successful of all time.
Ambrose was not only a devout bishop, who gave away his immense inheritance and lived in simplicity, he also became a powerful teacher of Christian truth in a very contentious world. His writings are venerated to this day.
Among his many converts were a man who would become Emperor and an unmarried father who would become known as Saint Augustine.
Ambrose died of natural causes in his late fifties, universally acclaimed a saint, and his memory is celebrated on this day.
(from a previous post)