Provided the constitution for Western monasticism. Born in Norsia, NE of Rome, became an ascetic and went into hermitage in a cave south of Rome. As an abbot at a nearby monastery, his discipline nearly earned his death by resentful monks. In 529 he began the most famous monastery in Europe, the mother-house of the Benedictine order. Here he wrote his Rule, taught, preached, and lived a pattern of monastic piety until his death in 542.
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