Benedict of Nursia
b. AD 480 – d. AD 543 • Abbot • Religious group founder
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Benedict, St
Benedict, St (c. 480–c. 550), of Nursia, the ‘Patriarch of Western monasticism’. Little is known of his life. Born at Nursia, he was educated at Rome, where the licentiousness of contemporary society led him to withdraw from the world and retire c. 500 to a cave at *Subiaco. Here he lived as a hermit
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St Benedict of Nursia (480–c. 550)
St Benedict of Nursia (480–c. 550). Little is known of the life of the ‘father of western monasticism’, and, contrary to popular opinion, he founded no order. The only information on his life comes from St Gregory’s later hagiographical work entitled ‘The Dialogues’. Despite its emphasis on the miraculous,
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Benedict of Nursia
Benedict of Nursia(480?–547?). In 1964 Pope Paul VI proclaimed Benedict patron saint of all Europe. Although honored as the “father of western monasticism,” Benedict founded no monastic orders (see monks and monasticism). But his rule for governing monastic life came to be adopted by ever larger numbers
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Benedict and the Benedictines
Benedict (St.) and the Benedictines.—Founder of monachism in the West. Benedict, born in 480 at Nursia in Umbria, of noble parents, at the age of fourteen withdrew into the wilds of Subiaco, in the Apennines. Here he lived for three years in a deep and almost inaccessible cavern. His reputation for sanctity
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Benedict of Nursia
Benedict of Nursia (480–547). One of the main promoters of Western monasticism. Born in central Italy, he studied in Rome, from which he fled to the countryside because of the religious confrontations of the period, establishing himself as a hermit in Subiaco. After a period of meditation, discipline,
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Benedict of Nursia
Benedict of NursiaBenedict of Nursia (c. 480–547) was educated in Rome and is often called “the father of Western monasticism.” Around 500 he left Rome to become a hermit, but in c. 529 he moved to Monte Cassino with a small band of monks. He appears to have planned a reform of monasticism and composed
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Benedict of Nursia, St.
Benedict of Nursia, St. (c. 480–c. 550). Also called the Patriarch of Western Monasticism, Benedict was an influential monastic leader who penned the famous Benedictine Rule and also laid the foundation of the monumental monastery of Monte Cassino in central Italy. He began his Christian vocation in
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Benedict of Nursia
Movers and ShakersBenedict of NursiaFather of western monasticism“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”The first monks who tried to live under Benedict’s direction hated his regimen, so much so they plotted
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Benedict of Nursia
Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480–547). Founder of the monastic order of Benedictines, he wrote a rule for his monastery at Monte Cassino that became the norm for monastic legislation in the West from the eighth through the twelfth centuries.All that we know about Benedict and his teachings comes from his
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Benedict of Nursia
BENEDICT of Nursia (ca. 480–ca. 560). Our primary source of information on the *patriarch and legislator of Western *monasticism is *Gregory the Great, who dedicated the whole of book II of his Dialogues to Benedict. Born in the territory of Nursia to a well-to-do family, Benedict’s date of birth, traditionally
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BENEDICT AND THE BENEDICTINE TRADITIONThe pattern of monastic life set down by Benedict of Nursia (c. 480–c. 550) in the Rule for his community at Monte Cassino became in time the norm throughout Western monasticism, especially from c. 800. Monastic reforms regularly centred on a return to strict observance
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Benedict of Nursia
BENEDICT OF NURSIA (c. 480–c. 547)Italian monk; author of the Benedictine Rule, which established the pattern for European monastic life from the early Middle AgesBenedict was educated in rhetoric and law at Rome, but was so repelled by the immorality there that before finishing his studies he went