Agostino Raffaelle Mikael Selletti
Birth and Youth
Agostino was born the third son of Francesco and Bianca Maria, on May 19, 1099 in Piedmont. He was the third of three sons, and as such he was destined to either join the Army of Piedmont or Become ordained in the Holy Roman Church. Figuring that the church had a higher chance of survival that is the route that Agostino chose.
He arrived in Rome at the age of 13, where he began his formal education and served as a personal secretary to an old family friend and influential bishop Giovanni Sforza. Several uneventful years passed as Agostino expanded his education. At the age of 18, it was discovered that he had flair for church politics when he accompanied Sforza to the Catechism of the Catholic Church in 1117. His shrewd assistance aided Sforza in gathering needed support to make needed changes to the Catechism.
Service to the Church
As a result of the completion of his education, in 1119, Agostino was introduced by Sforza to Cardinal Pietro. Shortly afterwards, Agostino was granted his investiture as a deacon. Subsequently, he became seneschal for the cardinal’s household. His tenure there remained mostly uneventful with the exception of a rumored indiscretion with a household maid. This resulted in a dismissal of maid who was heavy with a bastard child. This rumor and several others would plague Agostino his entire career.
In 1123, He was ordained and given the font of St Gabriel, in Rome, at the Sant’Andrea a Galeria Antica to his care. As a member of Pietro’s household and with the backing of Sforza, the young priest circulated through various courts of the Holy See and rubbed elbows with the most powerful and influential members of the clergy. Agostino was elevated to vicar-general on 1137 Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace.
Shortly after his arrival in his new posting his problems began. A subordinate priest, Muzio, uncovered one of Agostino’s most closely held secrets, his preoccupation with the occult arts. The discovery of this information, coupled with a poorly timed famine in his the bishopric, lead to Agostino’s recall to face charges of heresy. Fortunately, due to the influence of his mentor and the mysterious death of his accuser, Agostino was found innocent and was ‘rewarded’ with the bishopric of a far-flung and cold corner of the Holy Roman Empire where the cows outnumbered his flock by a wide margin. After several attempts to regain his former prominence, Bishop Agostino was found dead in 1157. Rumor has it that he had been studying arcane texts and alchemical tomes in an attempt to extend his own life or to make him immortal.