At the age of seventeen he took a common-law wife, and with her had a son, Adeodatus ("Godsent"). To her he was utterly faithful until they parted some sixteen years later. After that, he had much difficulty in bridling his sexual impulses, even to taking another mistress until his young intended bride should come of age a few years later.
This difficulty came to an abrupt end as a result of his famous conversion in the garden of a villa outside Milan when he was 32 years of age. Baptised by Ambrose, bishop of Milan, during the Easter Vigil of 387, and following the deaths of both Adeodatus and Monica, he gave himself over to a monastic life of contemplation and prayer in the company of his close friends and followers.
Four deep convictions motivated Augustine's life:
Throughout his thirty five years as bishop of Hippo, he never failed to preach his great loves - those of God, Christ, the Church and his fellow human beings. He died in 430 CE, and his body is venerated today in the Augustinian Basilica at San Pietro in Ciel D'Oro, Pavia, Italy.