Feastday of St. Ambrose: 7th of December (and 4th of April)
When did he live: In the 4th century
Biography of St. Ambrose: At 33, Ambrose had a successful career as a lawyer when the bishop of Milan died. A riot broke out, because the Arians and the Catholics could not agree on a successor. When Ambrose gave a touching speech about the peace within the church, the crowd begged him to be their new bishop. After running away, he finally gave in and was ordered bishop. He immediately gave his property to the poor and put himself under the instruction of Saint Simplician to learn Scripture and theology. He successfully fighted heresy.
Patronage: He is the saint patron of Milan, the Lombardy, the bishops and the apiarists
Wooden statues and sculptures of St. Ambrose made in Val Gardena- portrayal, imagery and emblem: The statue above shows St. Ambrose wearing his dalmatic and the miter, holding the crook.