Saint Anselm of Nonantola

detail of a bas-relief of Saint Anselm of Nonantola on the Nonantola Abbey; swiped off WikipediaAlso known as

  • Anselm of Friuli



Duke of Friuli, Italy. Brother-in-law of the Lombard King Aistulph. Career soldier. Cleric. Founded the abbeys in Fanano, Modena, Italy, and of Nonantola, Italy. Both included hospitals and hostels. Anselm became a Benedictine monk in Rome, Italy in 753. Abbot of the house at Nonantola, which grew to a thousand brothers under his leadership. Received permission from Pope Stephen III to transfer the body of Pope Saint Sylvester I to the house. Banished to Monte Cassino by King Desiderius, but restored by Charlemagne after seven years in exile.



  • 803 of natural causes



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Anselm of Nonantola“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 March 2009. Web. 5 October 2015. <>