St. Fulgentius of Ruspe was born in Carthage, a city in modern day Tunisia, a generation or so after the barbarian Vandals conquered North Africa from the Roman Empire. His mother taught him both Latin and Greek, and prepared him well for a political career. After a short time in government service, Fulgentius grew tired of the world and entered monastic life. After becoming bishop of Ruspe, a city near Carthage, Fulgentius tirelessly battled against the Arian heresy which denied Christ's full divinity and which was favored by the state. For this he was twice exiled to Sardinia. On this in other matters, He found great inspiration in the writings of an earlier N. African bishop, St. Augustine of Hippo. He died around AD 530, about 100 years after the death of his master, St. Augustine.
The Fathers of the Church - Who They Are and Why They Matter
In a single, upbeat talk, full of examples and fascinating stories about some of the Church's most intriguing personalities, Marcellino D'Ambrosio explains who people are talking about when they refer to the "Fathers of the Church" or "Early Church Fathers. Though the ranks of the fathers include a tremendous variety of cultures, locales, and personalities, there is surprising consensus that emerges from them on a variety of the most pressing questions of our day. In this dynamic talk, Marcellino makes clear just how much these figures have to teach us.