Posts tagged ‘Saints who were Monks’

Blessed Acardo of Avranches

Also known as

  • Acardo of San Vittore

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Born to the Norman nobility. Educated by the canons of Bridlington, diocese of York, England. Studied in Paris, France. Monk of the monastery of Saint Victor in Paris. Abbot of the house in 1155. Chosen bishop of Séez, France in 1157, but was opposed by King Henry II of England, and Acardo never took his see. Wrote several treatises on living a spiritual life. Bishop of Avranches, France in 1161. His connection to royalty and the court enabled him to obtain benefits for his diocese and all of the Normandy region of France. Would often retire to the Norbertine abbey of La Lucerne-d’Outremer in Normandy whose church he had help found and bless in 1164. Worked to support orthodox theology about Christ against some of the odd notions of the time.

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  • “Blessed Acardo of Avranches“. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 April 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>

Blessed Lanunio

detail of a bas-relief medallion of Blessed Lanunio, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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Hermit at Santa Maria della Torre, diocese of Squillace, Calabria, Italy. When Saint Bruno began what became the Carthusians at the Grand Cartreuse in France, Lanunio travelled there to join them. There he became the friend and travelling companion of Saint Bruno, and took over took over leadership of the Order when Bruno died in 1101. Founded several monasteries, and organized the leadership and religious life of their monks. Supported and held in high regard by Pope Paschal II for whom he performed a number of tasks and missions in the region of Calabria. Apostolic Visitor to all monasteries in Calabria.

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  • “Blessed Lanunio“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 April 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>

Saint Gwrnerth

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Sixth century monk the monasteries of Welshpool and Bardsey.

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  • “Saint Gwrnerth“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 April 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>

Saint Philaret of Calabria

Saint Philaret of CalabriaAlso known as

  • Philaret the Gardener
  • Philaret of Ortolano
  • Philaret of Seminara
  • Filarette…
  • Filarete…
  • Filareto…

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Born a Calabrian family who had been forced to emigrate due to Saracen invasion. He returned to Calabria, Italy in 1040, he first lived in Reggio Calabria, then became a monk at the monastery of Saint Elias of Aurlia. He worked as a shepherd, using the solitude for contemplation, and a gardener, giving his produce to the poor and brother monks. The monastery of Saint Elias was later renamed Elias and Filaret in 1133 in his honour.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Philaret of Calabria“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 April 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>

Saint Nicodemus of Mammola

Saint Nicodemus of MammolaAlso known as

  • Nicodemus of Cirò
  • Nicodemus of Cellerano
  • Nicodemus of Kellerano
  • Nicodemo of…

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Son of Theophanes and Pandia. Educated by a local priest, Father Galatone, known for his learning and piety. Even as a young man, Nicodemus was disgusted by the mis-spent lives of his contemporaries, and was drawn to the monastic life. He tried to join the monks in the San Mercurius abbey on Mount Pollino in the Calabria region of Italy; it was a hard, ascetic life for these monks, dressed in goat skins, going bare-foot in all seasons, surviving on chestnuts and lupins with a cave for shelter and some straw for a bed, and Nicodemus was initially turned away by the abbot, Saint Fantinus, who thought the young man’s health too frail for a monk‘s life. But Nicodemus persevered, and Fantinus eventually relented and welcomed him to the community. Brother monk with Saint Nilus of Rossano.

Feeling the need for greater solitude, Nicodemus withdrew to live as a hermit on Monte Cellerano in Locri, Italy. His reputation for wisdom and piety followed him, though, and he soon attracted several spiritual students, and organized them in to a colony that lived separately but met once a week. However, his community became too well known; there were too many would be students, too many lay visitors, and too many incursions by Saracen invaders. The monks dispersed to various monasteries. Nicodemus moved first to a house in Gerace, Italy, and then to a monastery near Mammola, Italy where he spent the rest of his life. His reputation for holiness was such that, upon his death, the monastery was renamed San Nicodemo in his honour.

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  • “Saint Nicodemus of Mammola“. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 March 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>

Blessed Tommaso of Costacciaro

detail of an antique Italian Blessed Tommaso of Costacciaro holy card, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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After a visit to a Camaldolese hermitage in 1270, Tommaso was drawn to the monastic and eremetical life. Camaldolese monk in the abbey of Santa Maria in Sitria, Italy. Hermit on Monte Cucco in the Umbria region of Italy for over 60 years, living a life of utter poverty and denial in order to spend all his time in prayer and meditation.

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  • “Blessed Tommaso of Costacciaro“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 March 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>

Blessed Everard of Nellenburg

Blessed Everard of NellenburgAlso known as

  • Eberhard VI of Nellenburg

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Born to the nobility. Count of Nellenberg, Swabia (in modern Germany). Married to Blessed Ita of Nellenberg. Founded the Benedictine monastery of Allerheiligen (All Saints) in Schaffhausen, Swabia, c.1049, built and provisioned it, and c.1070 entered it as a monk.

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  • “Blessed Everard of Nellenburg“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 March 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>

Blessed Pietro of Gubbio

detail of a portrait of Blessed Pietro da Gubbio, date unknown; signed with the name 'Stephen'; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial

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Born to the Italian nobility, Pietro studied law at universities in Perugia, Italy, and Paris, France. He was a successful and brilliant lawyer known for his honesty, and who concentrated on representing the poor.

When he was 40 years old, Pietro came to know the Augustinians and was drawn to them, wanting to put himself and his law practice at the disposal of the Church. Priest. Friar in the Augustinian monastery in Gubbio, Italy. Chosen by the Order‘s vicar-general to serve as Provincial Visitor to Augustinian houses in France; tradition says that he travelled bare-footed and met all his brother Augustinians that way as a sign of humility. Noted preacher. Known for his holiness of life, his zeal for the Augustinian Rule and the Christian life, his patience with Augustinian brothers who had trouble living up to the Rule, and as a miracle worker. He spent later years as a prayerful monk the Gubbio monastery where he had begun.

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  • between 1306 and 1322 in Gubbio, Umbria, Italy of natural causes
  • buried in the common grave of friars in the center of the choir area in the Augustinian church in Gubbio
  • legend says that one day soon after his burial, the monks were in the choir, sang the Te Deum, and heard a voice from the tomb that responded: Te Dominum confitemur! (Lord, we thank you!); the frightened brothers opened the tomb and found the body of Blessed Peter on his knees, looking up and hands crossed on his chest
  • relics still enshrined in the Augustinian church

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Pietro of Gubbio“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 March 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>

Saint Isenger of Verdun

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Monk at the Anabaric monastery in Ireland. Priest. Ninth-century bishop of Verdun (in modern France).

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  • “Saint Isenger of Verdun“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 March 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>

Martyrs of San Sabas

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Twenty monks who were martyred together in their monastery by invading Saracens.

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  • “Martyrs of San Sabas“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 March 2017. Web. 29 June 2017. <>