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St. Benedict of Nursia: Founder of Western Monasticism

By Jean M. Heimann July 11 is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, the twin brother of St. Scholastica, the founder of Western monasticism. In 1964, Pope Paul VI declared him patron of Europe and in 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger chose Benedict as patron of his papacy. St. Benedict of Nursia is the patron saint of: monks, cave explorers, agricultural workers, civil engineers, kidney...

St. Romuald, abbot and founder

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Romuald, abbot and founder of the Camaldolese Benedictines –one of the Italian branches of the Benedictines. He was born around 950 in Ravenna, Italy of a noble family and died on June 19, 1027 in Val-di-Castro, Italy. Horrified, after his father killed a relative in a duel, at which he was forced to be present, Romuald retired to...