Feast Day: 11 July
Patron Saint Ppople in religious orders, poison sufferers, monks, Europe

Benedict of Nursia (c. 480-550) played a key role in the development of western Christianity. He wrote what became known as the Benedictine Rule, a foundation stone for the monastic life. Originally a hermit at Subiaco in Italy, he later established a community of monks at Montecassino.

From the 7th century, the monastery of Fleury claimed to hold his relics, a claim fiercely contested by the abbey of Montecassino. During World War II, Montecassino discovered new relics associated with Benedict.

Traditionally, Benedict’s feast day was 21 March but it was moved in 1969 to avoid a conflict with Lent. It remains celebrated on 11 July in both the Church of England and Roman calendars. In 1964, reflecting the trans-national quality of the Benedictine order, Benedict was proclaimed the patron saint of Europe.

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