Saints of the Day – Berno of Cluny, O.S.B., Abbot


Born in Burgundy, France; died 927. Saint Berno was the first abbot of the renowned monastery of Cluny, and, thus, had enormous influence throughout western Christendom. Unfortunately, little is known of him. Some stories lead us to believe he was a man of noble birth and of financial means and that he was assisted by Duke William of Aquitaine in building Cluny, which he planned. He ruled the abbey from 910 until he resigned in favor of Saint Odo in 926. He began his monastic life as a monk of Saint Martin’s in Autun, then was the abbot who restored Baume-les-Messieurs, where he gave the habit to Saint Odo in 909. Next, Berno founder and became the abbot of Gigny, Bourg-Dieu, Massay, and finally Cluny in 910. Neither sacred nor secular history has done justice in recording the great work that Saint Berno did for the Church and civilization prior to his death in 927 (Benedictines, Encyclopedia).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 September 2021. Web. 30 November 2021. <>