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The Order of Saint Benedict
Order of Saint Benedict
(OSB; Latin: Ordo Sancti Benedicti), also known – in reference to the colour of its members' habits – as the Black Monks, is a Catholic religious order
Catholic religious order
of independent monastic communities that observe the Rule of Saint Benedict. Each community (monastery, priory or abbey) within the order maintains its own autonomy, while the order itself represents their mutual interests. The terms "Order of Saint Benedict" and "Benedictine Order" are, however, also used to refer to all Benedictine communities collectively, sometimes giving the incorrect impression that there exists a generalate or motherhouse with jurisdiction over them. Internationally, the order is governed by the Benedictine Confederation, a body, established in 1883 by Pope
Leo XIII's Brief Summum semper, whose head is known as the Abbot
Primate. Individuals whose communities are members of the order generally add the initials "OSB" after their names.


1 Historical development

1.1 England

1.1.1 Monastic Libraries in England

1.2 France 1.3 Germany 1.4 Switzerland 1.5 United States

2 Benedictine vow and life 3 Organization 4 Other orders 5 Notable Benedictines

5.1 Saints and Blesseds 5.2 Monks

5.2.1 Popes 5.2.2 Founders of abbeys and congregations and prominent reformers 5.2.3 Scholars, historians, and spiritual writers 5.2.4 Maurists 5.2.5 Bishops and martyrs 5.2.6 Twentieth century

5.3 Nuns 5.4 Oblates

6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

Historical development[edit] Main article: Benedict of Nursia

Saint Benedict of Nursia
Benedict of Nursia
(c. 480–543). Detail from a fresco by Fra Angelico
Fra Angelico
(c. 1400–1455) in the Friary of San Marco Florence.

The monastery at Subiaco in Italy, established by Saint Benedict of Nursia c. 529, was the first of the dozen monasteries he founded. He later founded the Abbey
of Monte Cassino. There is no evidence, however, that he intended to found an order and the Rule of Saint Benedict presupposes the autonomy of each community. When Monte Cassino was sacked by the Lombards about the year 580, the monks fled to Rome, and it seems probable that this constituted an important factor in the diffusion of a knowledge of Benedictine monasticism.[1] It was from the monastery of St. Andrew in Rome that Augustine, the prior, and his forty companions set forth in 595 on their mission for the evangelization of England. At various stopping places during the journey, the monks left behind them traditions concerning their rule and form of life, and probably also some copies of the Rule. Lérins Abbey, for instance, founded by Honoratus
in 375, probably received its first knowledge of the Benedictine Rule from the visit of St. Augustine and his companions in 596.[1] Gregory of Tours
Gregory of Tours
says that at Ainay Abbey, in the sixth century, the monks "followed the rules of Basil, Cassian, Caesarius, and other fathers, taking and using whatever seemed proper to the conditions of time and place", and doubtless the same liberty was taken with the Benedictine Rule when it reached them. In Gaul and Switzerland, it supplemented the much stricter Irish or Celtic Rule introduced by Columbanus
and others. In many monasteries it eventually entirely displaced the earlier codes.[1]

Benedict of Aniane
Benedict of Aniane

By the ninth century, however, the Benedictine had become the standard form of monastic life throughout the whole of Western Europe, excepting Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, where the Celtic observance still prevailed for another century or two.[1] Largely through the work of Benedict of Aniane, it became the rule of choice for monasteries throughout the Carolingian empire.[2] Monastic scriptoria flourished from the ninth through the twelfth centuries. Sacred Scripture was always at the heart of every monastic scriptorium. As a general rule those of the monks who possessed skill as writers made this their chief, if not their sole active work. An anonymous writer of the ninth or tenth century speaks of six hours a day as the usual task of a scribe, which would absorb almost all the time available for active work in the day of a medieval monk.[3] In the Middle Ages monasteries were often founded by the nobility. Cluny Abbey
was founded by William I, Duke of Aquitaine
William I, Duke of Aquitaine
in 910. The abbey was noted for its strict adherence to the Rule of St. Benedict. The abbot of Cluny was the superior of all the daughter houses, through appointed priors.[2] One of the earliest reforms of Benedictine practice was that initiated in 980 by Romuald, who founded the Camaldolese
community. The dominance of the Benedictine monastic way of life began to decline towards the end of the twelfth century, which saw the rise of the Franciscans
and Dominicans.[2] Benedictines took a fourth vow of "stability", which professed loyalty to a particular foundation. Not being bound by location, the mendicants were better able to respond to an increasingly "urban" environment. This decline was further exacerbated by the practice of appointing a commendatory abbot, a lay person, appointed by a noble to oversee and to protect the goods of the monastery. Oftentimes, however, this resulted in the appropriation of the assets of monasteries at the expense of the community which they were intended to support. England[edit] The English Benedictine Congregation is the oldest of the nineteen Benedictine congregations. Augustine of Canterbury
Augustine of Canterbury
and his monks established the first English Benedictine monastery at Canterbury
soon after their arrival in 597. Other foundations quickly followed. Through the influence of Wilfrid, Benedict Biscop, and Dunstan, the Benedictine Rule spread with extraordinary rapidity, and in the North it was adopted in most of the monasteries that had been founded by the Celtic missionaries from Iona. Many of the episcopal sees of England were founded and governed by the Benedictines, and no fewer than nine of the old cathedrals were served by the black monks of the priories attached to them.[1] Monasteries served as hospitals and places of refuge for the weak and homeless. The monks studied the healing properties of plants and minerals to alleviate the sufferings of the sick.[4] Germany was evangelized by English Benedictines. Willibrord
and Boniface
preached there in the seventh and eighth centuries and founded several abbeys.[1] In the English Reformation, all monasteries were dissolved and their lands confiscated by the Crown, forcing their Catholic members to flee into exile on the Continent. During the 19th century they were able to return to England, including to Selby Abbey
in Yorkshire, one of the few great monastic churches to survive the Dissolution.

The two sides of a Saint Benedict Medal

St. Mildred's Priory, on the Isle of Thanet, Kent, was built in 1027 on the site of an abbey founded in 670 by the daughter of the first Christian King of Kent. Currently the priory is home to a community of Benedictine nuns. Five of the most notable English abbeys are the Basilica of St Gregory the Great at Downside, commonly known as Downside Abbey, The Abbey
of St Edmund, King and Martyr commonly known as Douai Abbey
in Upper Woolhampton, Reading, Berkshire, Ealing Abbey in Ealing, West London, and Worth Abbey.[5][6] Prinknash Abbey, used by Henry VIII as a hunting lodge, was officially returned to the Benedictines four hundred years later, in 1928. During the next few years, so-called Prinknash Park was used as a home until it was returned to the order.[7] St. Lawrence's Abbey
in Ampleforth, Yorkshire
was founded in 1802. In 1955, Ampleforth set up a daughter house, a priory at St. Louis, Missouri which became independent in 1973 and became Saint Louis Abbey in its own right in 1989.[8] As of 2015, the English Congregation consists of three abbeys of nuns and ten abbeys of monks. Members of the congregation are found in England, Wales, the United States of America, Peru and Zimbabwe.[9] Since the Oxford Movement, there has also been a modest flourishing of Benedictine monasticism in the Anglican Church and Protestant Churches. Anglican Benedictine Abbots are invited guests of the Benedictine Abbot
Primate in Rome at Abbatial gatherings at Sant'Anselmo.[10] There are an estimated 2,400 celibate Anglican Religious (1,080 men and 1,320 women) in the Anglican Communion
Anglican Communion
as a whole, some of whom have adopted the Rule of St. Benedict.[11] Monastic Libraries in England[edit] The forty-eighth rule of Saint Benedict prescribes extensive and habitual "holy reading" for the brethren.[12] Three primary types of reading were done by the monks during this time. Monks would read privately during their personal time, as well as publicly during services and at meal times. In addition to these three mentioned in the Rule, monks would also read in the infirmary. However, Benedictine monks were disallowed worldly possessions, thus necessitating the preservation and collection of sacred texts in monastic libraries for communal use.[13] For the sake of convenience, the books in the monastery were housed in a few different places, namely the sacristy, which contained books for the choir and other liturgical books, the rectory, which housed books for public reading such as sermons and lives of the saints, and the library, which contained the largest collection of books and was typically in the cloister. The first record of a monastic library in England is in Canterbury. To assist with Augustine of Canterbury's English mission, Pope
Gregory the Great gave him nine books which included the Gregorian Bible in two volumes, the Psalter
of Augustine, two copies of the Gospels, two martyrologies, an Exposition of the Gospels
and Epistles, and a Psalter.[14] Theodore of Tarsus
Theodore of Tarsus
brought Greek books to Canterbury
more than seventy years later, when he founded a school for the study of Greek.[15] France[edit] Monasteries were among the institutions of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
swept away during the French Revolution. Monasteries were again allowed to form in the 19th century under the Bourbon Restoration. Later that century, under the Third French Republic, laws were enacted preventing religious teaching. The original intent was to allow secular schools. Thus in 1880 and 1882, Benedictine teaching monks were effectively exiled; this was not completed until 1901.[16][17][18][19] Germany[edit] Saint Blaise Abbey
in the Black Forest of Baden-Württemberg is believed to have been founded around the latter part of the tenth century. Other houses either reformed by, or founded as priories of, St Blasien were: Muri Abbey
(1082), Ochsenhausen Abbey
(1093), Göttweig Abbey
(1094), Stein am Rhein Abbey
(before 1123) and Prüm Abbey
(1132). It also had significant influence on the abbeys of Alpirsbach (1099), Ettenheimmünster (1124) and Sulzburg (ca 1125), and the priories of Weitenau (ca 1100), Bürgeln (before 1130) and Sitzenkirch (ca 1130). Switzerland[edit] The abbey of Our Lady of the Angels was founded in 1120. United States[edit] The first Benedictine to live in the United States was Pierre-Joseph Didier. He came to the United States in 1790 from Paris
and served in the Ohio and St. Louis areas until his death. The first actual Benedictine monastery founded was Saint Vincent Archabbey, located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1832 by Bonifice Wimmer, a German monk, who sought to serve German immigrants in America. In 1856, Wimmer started to lay the foundations for St. John's Abbey
in Minnesota. In 1876, Father Herman Wolfe, of Saint Vincent Archabbey established Belmont Abbey
in North Carolina.[20] By the time of his death in 1887, Wimmer had sent Benedictine monks to Kansas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Illinois, and Colorado.[21] Wimmer also asked for Benedictine sisters to be sent to America by St. Walburg Convent in Eichstätt, Bavaria. In 1852, Sister Benedicta Riepp and two other sisters founded St. Marys, Pennsylvania. Soon they would send sisters to Michigan, New Jersey, and Minnesota.[21] By 1854, Swiss monks began to arrive and founded St. Meinrad Abbey
in Indiana, and they soon spread to Arkansas and Louisiana. They were soon followed by Swiss sisters.[21] There are now over 100 Benedictine houses across America. Most Benedictine houses are part of one of four large Congregations: American-Cassinese, Swiss-American, St. Scholastica, and St. Benedict. The congregations mostly are made up of monasteries that share the same lineage. For instance the American-Cassinese congregation included the 22 monasteries that descended from Boniface
Wimmer.[22] Benedictine vow and life[edit] Main article: Rule of Saint Benedict

Benedictine monks singing Vespers
on Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday
in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.

The sense of community was a defining characteristic of the order since the beginning.[23] Section 17 in chapter 58 of the Rule of Saint Benedict states the solemn promise candidates for reception into a Benedictine community are required to make: a promise of stability (i.e. to remain in the same community), conversatio morum (an idiomatic Latin
phrase suggesting "conversion of manners"; see below) and obedience to the community's superior.[24] This solemn commitment tends to be referred to as the "Benedictine vow" and is the Benedictine antecedent and equivalent of the evangelical counsels professed by candidates for reception into a religious order. Much scholarship over the last fifty years has been dedicated to the translation and interpretation of "conversatio morum". The older translation "conversion of life" has generally been replaced with phrases such as "[conversion to] a monastic manner of life", drawing from the Vulgate's use of conversatio as a translation of "citizenship" or "homeland" in Philippians 3:20. Some scholars have claimed that the vow formula of the Rule is best translated as "to live in this place as a monk, in obedience to its rule and abbot." Benedictine abbots and abbesses have full jurisdiction of their abbey and thus absolute authority over the monks or nuns who are resident. This authority includes the power to assign duties, to decide which books may or may not be read, to regulate comings and goings, and to punish and to excommunicate, in the sense of an enforced isolation from the monastic community. A tight communal timetable – the horarium – is meant to ensure that the time given by God is not wasted but used in God's service, whether for prayer, work, meals, spiritual reading or sleep. Although Benedictines do not take a vow of silence, hours of strict silence are set, and at other times silence is maintained as much as is practically possible. Social conversations tend to be limited to communal recreation times. But such details, like the many other details of the daily routine of a Benedictine house that the Rule of St Benedict leaves to the discretion of the superior, are set out in its 'customary'. A ' customary' is the code adopted by a particular Benedictine house, adapting the Rule to local conditions.[25] In the Roman Catholic Church, according to the norms of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, a Benedictine abbey is a "religious institute" and its members are therefore members of the consecrated life. While Canon Law 588 §1 explains that Benedictine monks are "neither clerical nor lay", they can, however, be ordained. Some monasteries adopt a more active ministry in living the monastic life, running schools or parishes; others are more focused on contemplation, with more of an emphasis on prayer and work within the confines of the cloister. Organization[edit] Benedictine monasticism is fundamentally different from other Western religious orders insofar as its individual communities are not part of a religious order with "Generalates" and "Superiors General". Each Benedictine house is independent and governed by an Abbot. In modern times, the various groups of autonomous houses (national, reform, etc.) have formed themselves loosely into congregations (for example, Cassinese, English, Solesmes, Subiaco, Camaldolese, Sylvestrines). There are twenty Congregations within the Benedictine Confederation. These, in turn, are represented in the Benedictine Confederation that came into existence through Pope
Leo XIII's Apostolic Brief "Summum semper" on 12 July 1883. This organization facilitates dialogue of Benedictine communities with each other and the relationship between Benedictine communities and other religious orders and the church at large. The Abbot
Primate resides at the Monastery
of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome.[26] In 1313 Bernardo Tolomei
Bernardo Tolomei
established the Order of Our Lady of Mount Olivet. The community adopted the Rule of St. Benedict and received canonical approval in 1344. The Olivetans
are part of the Benedictine Confederation. Other orders[edit] The Rule of Saint Benedict
Rule of Saint Benedict
is also used by a number of religious orders that began as reforms of the Benedictine tradition such as the Cistercians
and Trappists. These groups are separate congregations and not members of the Benedictine Confederation. Although Benedictines traditionally refer to Catholics, there are also some within the Anglican Communion
Anglican Communion
and occasionally within other Christian denominations as well, for example, within the Lutheran Church, that claim adherence to the Rule of Saint Benedict. [27] There are also some Eastern Orthodox
Eastern Orthodox
Benedictines. [28] [29] Notable Benedictines[edit]

Saint Boniface
(c. 680–750), Pope Gregory I
Pope Gregory I
(c. 540–604, pope 590–604), Adalbert of Egmond
Adalbert of Egmond
(8th century) and priest Jeroen van Noordwijk, depicted in a 1529 painting by Jan Joostsz van Hillegom currently on display at the Frans Hals Museum

Late Gothic sculpture of Rupert of Salzburg
Rupert of Salzburg
(c. 660–710)

Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard of Clairvaux
(1090–1153) featured in a 13th-century illuminated manuscript

A Carolingian manuscript, c. 840, depicting Rabanus Maurus (left), supported by Alcuin
(middle), presenting his work to Otgar of Mainz

Self portrait of Matthew Paris

Suger (c.1081–1135) in a medieval stained-glass window

Dom Pérignon

Saints and Blesseds[edit]

Pope Gregory I
Pope Gregory I
(c. 540–604, r. 590–604) Augustine of Canterbury
Augustine of Canterbury
(d. 604) Saint Boniface
(c. 680–755) Willibrord
(c. 658–739) Rupert of Salzburg
Rupert of Salzburg
(c. 660–710) Suitbert of Kaiserwerdt (d. 713) Saint Sturm (c. 705–79) Ansgar
(801–65) Wolfgang of Regensburg
Wolfgang of Regensburg
(934–994) Adalbert of Prague
Adalbert of Prague
(c. 956–97) Gerard of Csanád
Gerard of Csanád
(c. 980–1046)[1]

Pope Gregory VII
Pope Gregory VII
(c. 1020–85, r. 1073–85) Pope Victor III
Pope Victor III
(c. 1026–87, r. 1086–87) Pope Celestine V
Pope Celestine V
(1215–96, r. 1294) Pope Urban V
Pope Urban V
(1310–70, r. 1362–70) Pope Pius VII
Pope Pius VII
(1742–1823, r. 1800–23); Servant of God

Monks[edit] Popes[edit]

Pope Sylvester II
Pope Sylvester II
(c. 946–1003, r. 999–1003) Pope Paschal II
Pope Paschal II
(d. 1118, r. 1099–1118) Pope Gelasius II (d. 1119, r. 1118–19) Pope Clement VI
Pope Clement VI
(1291–1352, r. 1342–52) Pope Gregory XVI
Pope Gregory XVI
(1765–1846, r. 1831–46)[1]

Founders of abbeys and congregations and prominent reformers[edit]

(c. 630–93) Benedict Biscop
Benedict Biscop
(c. 628–90) Leudwinus
(c. 665–713) Benedict of Aniane
Benedict of Aniane
(747–821) Dunstan
(909–88) Berno of Cluny (c. 850–927) Odo of Cluny
Odo of Cluny
(c. 878–942) Majolus of Cluny
Majolus of Cluny
(c. 906–94) Odilo of Cluny
Odilo of Cluny
(c. 962–c. 1048) Bernard of Cluny (d. 1109) Peter the Venerable
Peter the Venerable
(c. 1092–1156) Romuald
(c. 956–c. 1026) Robert of Molesme
Robert of Molesme
(c. 1028–1111) Alberic of Cîteaux
Alberic of Cîteaux
(d. 1109) Stephen Harding
Stephen Harding
(d. 1134) Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard of Clairvaux
(1090–1153) William of Hirsau
William of Hirsau
(c. 1030–91) John Gualbert
John Gualbert
(995–1073) Stephen of Obazine
Stephen of Obazine
(1084–1154) Robert of Arbrissel
Robert of Arbrissel
(c. 1045–1116) William of Montevergine
William of Montevergine
(1085–1142) Sylvester Gozzolini
Sylvester Gozzolini
(1177–1267) Bernardo Tolomei
Bernardo Tolomei
(1272–1348) Laurent Bénard (1573–1620) Prosper Guéranger
Prosper Guéranger
(1805–1875) Jean-Baptiste Muard (1809–1854) Boniface
Wimmer (1809–1887) Maurus Wolter
Maurus Wolter
(1825–1890) Martin Marty (1834–1896)[1] Andreas Amrhein
Andreas Amrhein
(1844–1927) Lambert Beauduin
Lambert Beauduin
(1873–1960) Margit Slachta
Margit Slachta
(or Schlachta, 1884–1974)

Scholars, historians, and spiritual writers[edit]

Jonas of Bobbio (600-659) Bede
(673–735) Aldhelm
(c. 639–709) Alcuin
(d. 804) Rabanus Maurus
Rabanus Maurus
(c. 780–856) Paschasius Radbertus (785–865) Ratramnus (d. 866) Walafrid Strabo (c. 808–49) Notker Labeo
Notker Labeo
(c. 950–1022) Guido of Arezzo
Guido of Arezzo
(991–1050) Hermann of Reichenau
Hermann of Reichenau
(1013–54) Paul the Deacon
Paul the Deacon
(c. 720–99) Hincmar
(806–82) Saint Maurus of Pécs
Saint Maurus of Pécs
(c. 1000–c. 1075) Peter Damian
Peter Damian
(c. 1007–72) Lanfranc
(c 1005–89) Anselm of Canterbury
(c 1033–1109) Eadmer
(c 1060–c1126) Florence
of Worcester (d. 1118) Symeon of Durham (d. 1130) Jocelyn de Brakelond (d. 1211) Matthew Paris
(c. 1200–59) William of Malmesbury
William of Malmesbury
(c. 1095–c. 1143) Gervase of Canterbury
(c. 1141–c. 1210) Roger of Wendover (d. 1236) Peter the Deacon
Peter the Deacon
(d. 1140) Adam Easton
Adam Easton
(d. 1397) Honoré Bonet
Honoré Bonet
(c. 1340–c1410) John Lydgate
John Lydgate
(c. 1370–c. 1451) John Whethamstede (d. 1465) Johannes Trithemius
Johannes Trithemius
(1462–1516) Louis de Blois (1506–66) Benedict van Haeften
Benedict van Haeften
(1588–1648) Augustine Baker (1575–1641) Jean Mabillon
Jean Mabillon
(1632-1707) Mariano Armellino (1657–1737) Antoine Augustin Calmet
Antoine Augustin Calmet
(1672–1757) Magnoald Ziegelbauer
Magnoald Ziegelbauer
(1689–1750) Marquard Herrgott
Marquard Herrgott
(1694–1762) Luigi Tosti
Luigi Tosti
(1811–97) Jean Baptiste François Pitra
Jean Baptiste François Pitra
(1812–89) Suitbert Bäumer (1845–94) Francis Aidan Gasquet
Francis Aidan Gasquet
(1846–1929) Fernand Cabrol (1855–1937) Germain Morin (1861–1946) John Chapman (1865–1933) Cuthbert Butler (1858–1934)[1]


Nicolas-Hugues Ménard (1585–1644) Luc d'Achery
Luc d'Achery
(1609–85) Antoine-Joseph Mège (1625–91) Thierry Ruinart
Thierry Ruinart
(1657–1709) François Lamy (1636–1711) Pierre Coustant (1654–1721) Edmond Martène
Edmond Martène
(1654–1739) Ursin Durand (1682–1771) Bernard de Montfaucon
Bernard de Montfaucon
(1655–1741) René-Prosper Tassin
René-Prosper Tassin

Bishops and martyrs[edit]

Saint Ernest
Saint Ernest
(d. 1148) Laurence of Canterbury
(d. 619) Mellitus
(d. 624) Justus
(d. 627) Paulinus of York
Paulinus of York
(d. 644) Leudwinus
(c. 665–713) Oda of Canterbury
(d. 958) Bertin
(c. 615–c. 709) Wilfrid
(c. 633–c. 709) Cuthbert
(c. 634–87) John of Beverley
John of Beverley
(d. 721) Swithun
(d. 862) Æthelwold of Winchester (d. 984) Edmund Rich
Edmund Rich
(1175–1240) Abbot
Suger (c. 1081–1151) John Beche (d. 1539) Richard Whiting (d. 1539) Hugh Cook Faringdon
Hugh Cook Faringdon
(d. 1539) Sigebert Buckley (c. 1520–c. 1610) John Roberts (1577-1610) Gabriel Gifford (1554–1629) Alban Roe (1583-1642) Philip Michael Ellis (1652–1726) Charles Walmesley (1722–97) William Placid Morris (1794–1872) John Polding (1794–1877) William Bernard Ullathorne
William Bernard Ullathorne
(1806–89) Roger Vaughan
Roger Vaughan
(1834–83) Guglielmo Sanfelice d'Acquavilla (1834–1897)[1] Joseph Pothier (1835–1923) John Cuthbert
Hedley (1837–1915) Domenico Serafini (1852–1918) Placidus Nkalanga (1918 - 2015)[30]

Twentieth century[edit]

Cardinal Schuster.

Lambert Beauduin
Lambert Beauduin
(1873–1960) Bl. Alfredo Schuster
Alfredo Schuster
(1880–1954) Bede
Griffiths (1906–1993) Paul Augustin Mayer
Paul Augustin Mayer
(1911–2010) Hans Hermann Groër
Hans Hermann Groër
(1919–2003) Basil Hume
Basil Hume
(1923–1999) Rembert Weakland
Rembert Weakland
(1927–) Daniel M. Buechlein
Daniel M. Buechlein
(1938-) Jerome Hanus
Jerome Hanus
(1940-) Anselm Grün (1945–)


of Montserrat.

(c. 480–547) Æthelthryth
(c. 636–79) Hilda of Whitby
Hilda of Whitby
(c. 614–80) Werburh
(d. 699) Mildrith
(d. early 7th century) Saint Walpurga
Saint Walpurga
(c. 710–79) Wulfthryth of Wilton
Wulfthryth of Wilton
(c. 937–1000) Saint Edith of Wilton
Saint Edith of Wilton
(c. 961–984) Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard of Bingen
(1098–1179) Gertrude the Great
Gertrude the Great
(1256–c. 1302)[1] Joan Chittister (1936-) Noella Marcellino (1951-) Teresa Forcades
Teresa Forcades


Bonifatius Becker

Benedictine Oblates endeavor to embrace the spirit of the Benedictine vow in their own life in the world.[31] Oblates are affiliated with a particular monastery.

Emperor Henry II (972–1024) Frances of Rome
Frances of Rome
(1384–1440) Joris-Karl Huysmans
Joris-Karl Huysmans
(1848–1907)[1] Jacques Maritain
Jacques Maritain
(1882–1973) Romano Guardini
Romano Guardini
(1885–1968) Dorothy Day
Dorothy Day
(1897–1980) Walker Percy (1916–1990) Kathleen Norris (1947– )

See also[edit]

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Downside Abbey Benedictine Confederation Catholic religious order Cistercians Saint Emma Monastery House of Bread Monastery Linton Hall School Melk Abbey Missionary Benedictines Portsmouth Abbey Saint Anselm Abbey Sisters of Social Service St. Benedict Abbey
(Massachusetts) St. Meinrad Archabbey St. Vincent Archabbey Subiaco Abbey
and Academy Sylvestrines Trappists Westminster Abbey


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Primate Jerome Theisen OSB. Liturgical Press".  ^ Huddleston, Gilbert. "Scriptorium." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 13. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 11 February 2015 ^ "Dom Bruno Hicks OSB. The Benedictines (frames)".  ^ Colin Battell, OSB, "Spirituality on the beach," The Tablet 2 December 2006, 18-19. The late Cardinal Basil Hume
Basil Hume
was Abbot
of Ampleforth Abbey
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Further reading[edit]

Dom Columba Marmion
Columba Marmion
OSB, Christ the Ideal of the Monk
– Spiritual Conferences on the Monastic and Religious Life (Engl. edition London 1926, trsl. from the French by a nun of Tyburn Convent). Mariano Dell'Omo, Storia del monachesimo occidentale dal medioevo all'età contemporanea. Il carisma di san Benedetto tra VI e XX secolo. Jaca Book, Milano 2011. ISBN 978-88-16-30493-2

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 "Abbey: Benedictine". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). 1911. pp. 12–14.  R Dom Luke Dysinger, The Benedictine Family Tree Confoederatio Benedictina Ordinis Sancti Benedicti, the Benedictine Confederation of Congregations Links of the Congregations Saint Vincent Archabbey Boniface
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