Blessed Peter the Venerable

Blessed Peter the VenerableAlso known as

  • Peter of Cluny
  • Peter of Montboissier



Born to the French nobility. Benedictine monk at Cluny Abbey, and at several sister houses. Abbot of Cluny in 1122. Instituted a number of reforms to the educational and financial areas of the houses; his emphasis on the education of his monks put him into some conflict with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who felt it detracted from the emphasis on prayer. Peter travelled to England, Spain and Rome, Italy in service to the Order, retiring between trips to live as a hermit. He recommended that the Koran be translated to Latin so missionaries would better understand what they were up against when they evangelized Muslims. Wrote poems, sermons, scriptural studies and treatises against heresy.




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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Peter the Venerable“. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 August 2020. Web. 20 October 2021. <>