Saint Benedict founded twelve different monasteries around the area of Subiaco, one of the most well known being Monte Cassino Abbey in 529. It was built on near a temple of Apollo on a hill. It was here that Saint Benedict remained for the rest of his life. He also wrote his Benedictine rule here, as shown in another pin on this board. Monte Cassino abbey became a model for future abbeys.

Saint Benedict founded twelve different monasteries around the area of Subiaco, one of the most well known being Monte Cassino Abbey in 529. It was built on near a temple of Apollo on a hill. It was here that Saint Benedict remained for the rest of his life. He also wrote his Benedictine rule here, as shown in another pin on this board. Monte Cassino abbey became a model for future abbeys.

Saint Benedict lived a very solitary life in the cave for three years. It was during this time that he matured and began to know himself. He gained the respect of anyone who learned of him, and eventually, these same men came to him asking him to become their leader. So, he became an abbot.

Illustration by Jeanne Kerremans

The monks that joined Saint Benedict tried to poison him several times: first by poisoning his drink, then his bread. After Saint Benedict blessed the poisoned drink, it is said that the cup shattered. This image illustrates this moment and the tension that occurred. These two events forced Saint Benedict to leave and return to his cave in Subiaco.

Scene from the Life of St Benedict. The Poisoned Cup of Wine - Philippe de Champaigne

The monks that joined Saint Benedict tried to poison him several times: first by poisoning his drink, then his bread. After Saint Benedict blessed the poisoned drink, it is said that the cup shattered. This image illustrates this moment and the tension that occurred. These two events forced Saint Benedict to leave and return to his cave in Subiaco.

Later, after settling in a commune named Enfide, Saint Benedict met a man named Romanus of Subiaco, who lived in a monastery near a cave. Saint Benedict was inspired by the way this man lived, and chose to live in the cave nearby as a hermit.

Illustration by Jeanne Kerremans

Saint Benedict died at Monte Cassino of a high fever on March 21, 543 or 547. He was buried right next to his sister, Saint Scholastica. He is commemorated on March 21, July 11, and March 14, depending on the church. Mostly, he is celebrated on July 11 throughout the world.

Saint Benedict died at Monte Cassino of a high fever on March 543 or He was buried right next to his sister, Saint Scholastica. He is commemorated on March July and March depending on the church. Mostly, he is celebrated on July 11 throughout the world.

Saint Benedict was born the year 480 to a Roman noble in Nursia, modern day Nurcia, Umbria. He studied here for about 20 years, until he left during the year 500. He wanted to live somewhere outside of the bustling life of the city.

Saint Benedict was born the year 480 to a Roman noble in Nursia, modern day Nurcia, Umbria. He studied here for about 20 years, until he left during the year He wanted to live somewhere outside of the bustling life of the city.

This painting details both Saint Benedict and Saint Maurus, who was Saint Benedict's first disciple. Saint Maurus lived from 512-584. Here, Saint Benedict is ordering Saint Maurus to rescue Saint Placidus. This was painted by Fra Filippo Lippi in 1445.

This painting details both Saint Benedict and Saint Maurus, who was Saint Benedict's first disciple. Saint Maurus lived from Here, Saint Benedict is ordering Saint Maurus to rescue Saint Placidus. This was painted by Fra Filippo Lippi in

"Rule of Saint Benedict", a painting of Saint Benedict of Nursia writing the Benedictine rule by Herman Nieg, 1926. St. Benedict wrote this during the last part of his life, probably around 529 A.D. when he founded a monastery in Monte Cassino.

"Rule of Saint Benedict", a painting of Saint Benedict of Nursia writing the Benedictine rule by Herman Nieg, St. Benedict wrote this during the last part of his life, probably around 529 A. when he founded a monastery in Monte Cassino.

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