Gregory, Prefect of Rome:GovernorChief of PoliceChief of Justice
I resign from my position as Prefect of Rome. I will give away my money and land and start a monastery.
Pope Gregory the Great lived from 540 to 604 CE.
I command Gregory to go to Constantinople to keep the emperor informed about the poverty in Rome.
Saint Gregory the Great, serving as governor, chief of police, and chief of justice for Rome, was named the Prefect of Rome. However, he struggled to feed his starving people with his other responsibilities in other parts of Italy.
When Gregory's father passed away, he decided to resign from his office, give away his money and land, and start a monastery.
Gregory, the Pope
Gregory, we look to you as our next pope!
After his father passed away, Gregory turned the family mansion into a monastery. However, he didn't want to be the leader (abbot) of his own monastery.
Gregory's peaceful life was soon interrupted by a command from the pope to go to Constantinople to keep the emperor informed about the impoverished state of Rome.
When the pope died, the people elected Gregory as the next pope. He reluctantly obliged.