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Saint Benedict
Birth: c. 480
Death: Mar. 21, 547

Roman Catholic Saint and Founder of the Benedictine Monastic Order. The only ancient account if his life is contained in the 2nd volume of Pope Gregory I's four-book "Dialogues," believed to have been written in 593 A.D. He was the son of a Roman noble of Nursia (now known as Norcia), located in the southern region of Umbria of the Perugia province in present-day Italy. According to tradition, he became disillusioned with his life and the immorality of society in Rome, abandoned his studies, and left his home around 500 A.D., travelling to Enfide (now Affile) to associate with others who were sympathetic with his feelings and shared his views of life. While walking in the mountains near Enfide, he met a monk, Romanus of Subiaco, in a cave whose monastery was on the mountain above the cliff that overhung the cave. Romanus convinced him to become a hermit at the cave, which he did for three years, and was frequently ministered to by Romanus. During this time he matured in mind and character, securing the respect of the community around him. When the abbot of a local monastery died, he was asked by the local community to become its new abbot and he finally consented, knowing well their ways were diverse from his and that they would probably never agree on anything. The experiment failed, and according to legend, the monks attempting to poison him on two separate occasions, but divine intervention prevented him from being harmed. He then returned to his cave and miracles appeared to become more frequent, attracting many people to his sanctity and character who desired to follow his teachings and guidance. He established 12 monasteries in the vicinity of Subiaco and in 530 A.D he founded the great Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino which lies on a hilltop between Rome and Naples, Italy, where he wrote his 'Rule of Saint Benedict," a book of precepts for monks who live communally under the authority of an abbot. He died of a high fever at Monte Cassino around the age of 67. In 1220 he was canonized by Pope Honorius III. In 1964 he was named patron protector of Europe by Pope Paul VI and in 1980, Pope John Paul II declared him co-patron of Europe, together with Saints Cyril and Methodius. His current feast day is July 11. The Saint Benedict Medal was first struck in 1880 to commemorate the fourteenth centenary of his birth. His twin sister, Schoastica, would become a nun (and ultimately a saint) established the women's branch of the Benedictine Monasticism. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Abbey of Montecassino
Provincia di Frosinone
Lazio, Italy
Plot: Beneath the altar
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St.Benedict, pray for us; and have a Happy Feast Day (Roman Calendar)! -- s://
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- Blackwasp
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God Bless you Saint Benedict....
- Eileen
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