Book of Saints – Robert – 29 April

detail of a painting of Saint Robert of Molesme by Goya, 1787, Valladolid, SpainArticle

(Saint) Abbot (April 29) (11th century) The Founder of the Cistercian Order (so-called from its first monastery of Citeaux (Cistercium) in France. It is a branch of the Benedictine Order pledged to a literal and rigorous observance of the monastic Rule. Out of devotion to Our Blessed Lady, Saint Robert enjoined on his monks the wearing of a white habit, and directed that all the churches of his Order should be dedicated to her. The Cistercians are now most generally known as Trappists from a still later Reform which began in the monastery of La Trappe in the North of France. After many times seeking to retire from the government of his monastery, Saint Robert died A.D. 1098.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Robert”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 November 2017. Web. 18 November 2017. <>