The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Venerable Benildes Romanqon, Brother Scubilio

The Venerable Benildes Romanqon, of the Congregation of the School Brothers of Saint John Baptist de la Salle, was born at Thuret in the Diocese of Clermont on June 14, 1805. Because of the poverty of his parents he was obliged when a boy to spend most of his time in tending cattle. But he also employed much of this time in gathering nourishment for mind and heart from pious books. He had to suffer many a jeer and insult from his companions on account of his modest behavior. During a visit to Clermont he saw the School Brothers and was so captivated by their modesty that he at once resolved to join them. Since he had not attended school up to this time, though he was now. sixteen, his parents sent him to the School Brothers for instruction. When he first applied for admission they did not wish to receive him because of his smallness of stature. But the novice-master prophesied that “this little man will become the glory of our Institute.” After the completion of his noviceship he taught with great success in the cities of Aurillac, Limoges, Moulins, Clermont, Montferrand, and Billom. In 1841, he was sent to establish and direct a school in the town of Saugues. Until the end of his life he here devoted all his powers to arousing in the young and among the people a living spirit of faith. He considered the religious element the most impor- tant matter in education. He took great pains to give catechetical instruction an interesting and attractive character. On evenings he gave religious instruction to adults. But he preached far more by his virtuous example than by his words. His school produced many vocations to the priesthood and to religious life. Very many were benefited by the power of the pious Brother’s prayers, but in his humility he managed artfully to ascribe the merit of the granting of the prayer to another. At the news of his death the people from far and near streamed in, endeavoring to obtain some relic of him. His grave in Saugues is honored by many miracles.

The servant of God, Brother Scubilio – died in 1867 – belongs to the same Congregation of Brothers of the Christian Schools.

– this text is taken from The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, by Father Constantine Kempf, SJ; translated from the German by Father Francis Breymann, SJ; Impimatur by + Cardinal John Farley, Archbishop of New York, 25 September 1916