St. Augustine of Hippo
St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break.
This famous son of St. Monica was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in
wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever
lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride
darkened his mind so much, that he could not see or understand the Divine Truth anymore.
Through the prayers of his holy mother and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose,
Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. Yet he did
not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day,
however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted on reading the life of St.
Antony, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. "What are we doing?" he cried
to his friend Alipius. "Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, while we, with
all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our