Book of Saints – Stephen – 17 April

Saint Stephen HardingArticle

(Saint) Abbot (April 17) (12th century) Stephen Harding, an Englishman from Dorsetshire, was one of the Founders of the Cistercian Order, and the first to draw up the Rule of that Institute. In his lifetime he saw the rise of above a hundred monasteries branching from its Mother House at Citeaux in Burgundy. The principle of the monastic life of these Religious is the observance to the letter of the ancient Rule of Saint Benedict, variously interpreted in other monasteries of the Order. Saint Stephen died A.D. 1134.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Stephen”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 November 2017. Web. 18 January 2019. <>