Monk Saints

List of Benedictine Saints

Why is finding a list of Benedictine saints so hard?

Benedictine monks are devoted to the saints.  St. Benedict said prayer is to be elevated on the anniversaries of saints.  “On the feasts of saints, and indeed on all solemn festivals, the Sunday order of celebration is followed” (RB 14:1-2).  A Benedictine monk makes his vows before the assembly and, “God and his Saints” (RB 58:18).

So, why the challenge?

One Benedictine monk explained it this way in an issue of The Tablet (August 29, 1936).  Benedictine saints, blesseds and venerables are from centuries, countries, abbeys and convents so they create a vast list.  What a great problem to have.  Too many Benedictine saints!  To this day, the Ramsgate Benedictine Monks of St. Augustine’s Abbey, England, publish a very handy reference guide on the saints, especially the Benedictines, called The Book of Saints.  For your reference here is the link to the 1936 letter (English spellings) with some minor edits for its presentation below:

The Tablet
August 29, 1936, page 22
http://archive.thetablet.co.uk/article/29th-august-1936/22/benedictine-saints-sir—may-i-also-ask-the-hospit

Sir, -May I also ask the hospitality of your columns to show the continuity of saints in the Benedictine Order? Separate Benedictine lists of this kind could indeed be compiled for almost every Western European nation. The following list is a cosmopolitan selection, in which Englishmen will recognise many of their own countrymen. I suspect that there are a good many people who think that the Benedictines ceased to produce saints sometime during the thirteenth or fourteenth centuries. It is true that, owing to their lack of centralisation, they have been rather slow in uniting to promote the canonisation of their saints; in fact, of those Benedictines who, in recent years have been raised to the altar, several were almost forced upon their confreres. Nevertheless, the fact remains that, even so, the catalogue of Benedictine monks who have died in the odour of sanctity, is not only a very full one, but moreover continues unbroken from the time of St. Benedict to our own day. In the following list, a single date without further comment refers to the Saint’s death. It will be obvious from these that the lives of Benedictine Saints have never ceased to overlap.

c.550, St. Benedict
c.570, St. Simplicius, third abbot of Montecassino
604, St. Gregory the Great
619, St. Lawrence, monk of St. Andrew’s, Rome, second Archbishop of Canterbury
644, St. Paulinus of York and of Rochester
c.665, St. Walbert, third abbot of Luxeuil, under whose abbacy St. Benedict’s Rule was adopted at the abbey
690, St. Benet Biscop
735, St. Bede the Venerable
754, St. Boniface, Apostle of Germany
786, St. Willibald, Bishop of Eichstatt
803, St. Anselm, abbot-founder of Nonantula
826, St. Adhelard, abbot of Corbie
851, St. Paschasius Radbertus
865, St. Ansgar, Apostle of Denmark
884, St. Bertharius, abbot of Montecassino
912, St. Notker Balbulus
942, St. Odo, second abbot of Cluny (from 910 to 1109 all the abbots of this monastery were saints)
988, St. Dunstan
1012, St. Elphege
1050, St. Alpherius, abbot founder of La Cava in Italy. All the abbots of this place from 1011 to 1295-almost three centuries-have been officially declared either Sancti or Beau)
1073, St. Dominic of Silos
1095, St. Wulstan
1109, St. Anselm of Canterbury
1140, St. Malchus, monk of Winchester, Bishop of Lismore
1178, St. Frowin, abbot of Engelberg
1219, St. Donatus, abbot of Montevergine
1243, Bl. Lawrence of Fanello
1248, Bl. Jordan Forzater, monk of Padua
1262, Bl. Beatrix II, nun of St. Lazarus, Ferrara
1267, St. Silvester Guzzolini, abbot of Montefano
1295, St. Thomas of Dover
1302, St. Gertrude the Great
1348, Bl. Bernard Tolomei, abbot-founder of Monteoliveto
1370, Bl. Urban V, Pope
c.1400, St. Sergius of Amalfi, monk of Montecassino
1436, Bl. John Bessand, Celestine
1440, St. Frances of Rome
1469, Bl. Eustochium of Padua, nun of St. Prosdocimo
c.1500, Bl. Raphael of Dalmatia, monk at Barula in Apulia
1510, V. Garcias de Cisneros
1529, Bl. Catherine Bognora
1539, Bl. Richard Whiting
1548, V. Gregory Cortese, Cardinal
1566, V. Louis de BloisBlosius
1582, Bl. Ann Toschel, abbess at Riga
1599, V. (others call him Blessed) Sebastian de Villoslada, abbot of Valvanera
1601, Bl. Mark Barkworth
1610, Bl. John Roberts
1616, Bl. Thomas Tunstall
1632, V. Rupert of Weingarten
1636, V. Placid Christopher Aresti, Archbishop of Buenos Aires
1641, Bl. Ambrose Barlow
1646; Bl. Philip Powell
1670; Bo. Jane Mary Bonomo
1679, Bl. Thomas Pickering
1698, V. Mechtilde of the Bl. Sacrament
1713, -V. Mary Crocifissa Tommasi, nun at Palma, Sicily, sister of Bl. Joseph M. Tommasi, Cardinal, who introduced her Cause
1723, V. Joseph of St. Benedict, a Belgian laybrother of Montserrat
1749, V. Dom Hyppolitus Pugnetti, priest of Subiaco
1792, Bl. Augustin Ambrose Chevreux, last Superior General of the Maurists (the causes of over two hundred other Benedictines, martyred during the French Revolution, have been, or are shortly to be, introduced)
1830, V. Dom Constans Rousseau, professed before 1790
1854, V. John Baptist Muard, abbot-founder of La-Pierrequivire (his cause is proceeding)
1894, Joseph Benedict Dusmet, Cardinal, Archbishop of Catania (his cause has been introduced)
1915, Dom Placid Riccardi, monk of St. Paul outside the Walls (his cause has also been officially introduced)
1922, Sister Fortunata Viti, an Italian lay-sister, who died aged ninety-five years, after seventy-three years of religious life (her cause is being actively proceeded with in the Roman Curia)

Yours faithfully,
St. Augustine’s Abbey,
ROMANUS Rios, O.S.B.,
Ramsgate

Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls

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Monks of the Order of St. Benedict have managed the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls for over 1,100 years.  The Basilica houses the relics of St. Paul the Apostle in the center Baldaquino.  The Basilica is one of the four Major Basilicas of Rome.  This statue of St. Benedict is in an intimate chapel to the right of the main apse where pilgrim groups are allowed to celebrate Mass.  When you enter the main door of St. Paul Outside the Walls, you feel like you are walking into a scene in Lord of the Rings.

Medal of St. Benedict

The Medal of St. Benedict was inspired by St. Benedict’s devotion to the Cross of Jesus Christ.  As a disciple of Christ, St. Benedict said, “we shall through patience share in the sufferings of Christ that we may deserve also to share in his kingdom. ” -Rule, Prologue, verse 50