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Saint Bernardo Tolomei

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Birth
Siena, Provincia di Siena, Toscana, Italy
Death
20 Aug 1348 (aged 76)
Siena, Provincia di Siena, Toscana, Italy
Burial
Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID
61539745 View Source

Roman Catholic Saint. Founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Virgin of Monte Oliveto, Giovanni Tolomei was educated by his uncle, Friar Cristoforo Tolomei OP., at the Dominican Studium of Siena until the age of twelve. Desiring to enter religious life, with his father's opposition preventing him from doing so, he continued with his studies in secular surroundings, devoting himself, after a course in philosophy and mathematics, to the study of civil and canon laws as well as of theology. Serving for a period in the armies of Rudolph I of Germany, who named him a knight, at some point he was afflicted by blindness. Miraculously cured, aged forty one, he decided to devote the rest of his life in prayer. Choosing a secluded spot about ten miles outside of Siena, accompanied by two others, he led a life of silence, manual labor and prayer. Assuming the name of Bernardo, out of admiration for the saintly abbot of Clairvaux, the fame of his virtues soon attracted many visitors, leading him to be accused of heresy. Going personally to Avignon, he cleared himself of this charge before Pope John XXII without difficulty. Upon his return, he founded the Congregation of the Blessed Virgin of Monte Oliveto, known as the Olivetans, giving it the Rule of Saint Benedict, the purpose of the new religious institute being that of carrying a special devotion towards the Blessed Virgin. Guido, Bishop of Arezzo, within whose diocese the congregation was formed, confirmed its constitution in 1319 and many favours were granted by Popes John XXII, Clement VI and Gregory XI. Leaving the solitude of Monte Oliveto for the monastery of San Benedetto a Porta Tufi in Siena during the plague of 1348, in which city the disease was particularly dire, on August 20 of that year, while helping his plague stricken monks, he himself, along with 82 monks of his, fell victim of the plague, at seventy six years of age, after having ruled the religious body he had founded for twenty seven. Having been buried near the monastery church in Siena, with all the plague victims put in a common pit of quicklime outside the church, unfortunately all attempts for the search of his body in later years proved to be unsuccessful. Beatified by the Congregation of Rites in 1634, he was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, April 26, 2009. The Roman Martyrology commemorates him on August 20, but on the Benedictine Calendar, his optional memorial is celebrated on the previous day.

Roman Catholic Saint. Founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Virgin of Monte Oliveto, Giovanni Tolomei was educated by his uncle, Friar Cristoforo Tolomei OP., at the Dominican Studium of Siena until the age of twelve. Desiring to enter religious life, with his father's opposition preventing him from doing so, he continued with his studies in secular surroundings, devoting himself, after a course in philosophy and mathematics, to the study of civil and canon laws as well as of theology. Serving for a period in the armies of Rudolph I of Germany, who named him a knight, at some point he was afflicted by blindness. Miraculously cured, aged forty one, he decided to devote the rest of his life in prayer. Choosing a secluded spot about ten miles outside of Siena, accompanied by two others, he led a life of silence, manual labor and prayer. Assuming the name of Bernardo, out of admiration for the saintly abbot of Clairvaux, the fame of his virtues soon attracted many visitors, leading him to be accused of heresy. Going personally to Avignon, he cleared himself of this charge before Pope John XXII without difficulty. Upon his return, he founded the Congregation of the Blessed Virgin of Monte Oliveto, known as the Olivetans, giving it the Rule of Saint Benedict, the purpose of the new religious institute being that of carrying a special devotion towards the Blessed Virgin. Guido, Bishop of Arezzo, within whose diocese the congregation was formed, confirmed its constitution in 1319 and many favours were granted by Popes John XXII, Clement VI and Gregory XI. Leaving the solitude of Monte Oliveto for the monastery of San Benedetto a Porta Tufi in Siena during the plague of 1348, in which city the disease was particularly dire, on August 20 of that year, while helping his plague stricken monks, he himself, along with 82 monks of his, fell victim of the plague, at seventy six years of age, after having ruled the religious body he had founded for twenty seven. Having been buried near the monastery church in Siena, with all the plague victims put in a common pit of quicklime outside the church, unfortunately all attempts for the search of his body in later years proved to be unsuccessful. Beatified by the Congregation of Rites in 1634, he was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, April 26, 2009. The Roman Martyrology commemorates him on August 20, but on the Benedictine Calendar, his optional memorial is celebrated on the previous day.

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