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Saint Benedict of Nursia

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Saint Benedict of Nursia
This profile of Saint Benedict of Nursia is part of
Who's Who in Medieval History

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Saint Benedict of Nursia is also known as:

Saint Benedict of Norcia; also sometimes spelled Narsia

Saint Benedict was noted for:

Founding monasteries and writing a rule for monastic living, thus becoming the "father of western monasticism."

Occupations:

Places of Residence and Influence:

Important Dates:

    Born: c. 480
    Died: c. 547; traditionally on March 21
    Feast Day: March 21 or July 11

Quotation from Saint Benedict:

    "If we desire to dwell in the tabernacle of His kingdom, we cannot reach it in any way, unless we run thither by good works."

    --The Benedictine Rule

    About Saint Benedict:

    What little we know about Benedict's life comes from Book 2 of the Dialogues of Pope St. Gregory the Great.

    Born to a good family and educated in Roman schools, Benedict withdrew from the corruption of Rome to live as a hermit and grew famous for his sanctity. Disciples flocked to him, and, though he at times returned to seclusion, he served as abbot for one monastery, preached conversion to the pagans, and founded a total of 12 monastic houses. Recognizing the dangers of a solitary life, he wrote his Rule as a guideline for religious men to live together in harmony.

    The date of Benedict's death is unknown.

    About Benedict's Rule:

    The Benedictine Rule is highly significant in that it not only governed monastic behavior and responsibilities in general, but charged the monks to read holy writings every day. This led to monks writing as well as copying and preserving books. Western historians owe a great debt to Benedict and the Benedictines for the ancient documents they preserved and the medieval historical sources they created.

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