Saint Benedict of Nursia | Ascension

St. Benedict of Nursia was an Italian monk who is widely regarded as the father of Western monasticism. Born in Nursia, Benedict left his studies in Rome to live a life of solitude and prayer in Subiaco. He founded twelve monasteries in that area, and later the famous Monte Cassino. Benedict is best known for writing the “Rule of Saint Benedict,” a set of guidelines for monastic life that emphasized prayer, work, and communal living. His rule became the foundation for Benedictine monasticism and had a profound influence on the development of Christian monastic practices in the West.

He holds the poisoned cup that shattered when he prayed over it and in the sky flies the raven that carried away tainted bread. Monte Cassino lies in the distance and his halo draws elements from the popular Benedictine medal.