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St Benedict


Saint Benedict was born in Umbria around 480. He established the Benedictine Rule. Because this rule was subsequently adopted throughout Europe, St. Benedict received the title of 'Patriarch of Western Monasticism'. He died on March 21st, 547. St. Benedict founded 12 monasteries. He is the patron saint of schoolboys and of Europe.

Who is St Benedict, asks Benedict?
Papal Visit to Monte Cassino

give us wisdom to perceive you,
intellect to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate on you
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(St Benedict)