St. Benedict, whose monastic rule we follow, was born around 480 AD in Norcia, a town on the Italian peninsula.
St. Benedict was born around 480 AD in Norcia, a town on the Italian peninsula. As a young man, Benedict left his studies in Rome to seek God away from the distractions of the city. During a period of living in solitude, Benedict’s reputation as a wise and holy man spread.
He became the abbot of a monastic community. St. Benedict went on to establish other monasteries. Like other abbots, he created a Rule for his community in order to establish an environment in which his monks could seek God, grow in holiness, and live together in the peace of Christ
St. Benedict’s Rule was rooted in wisdom gleaned from earlier monastic rules, his own experience of monastic life, and a deep knowledge of God’s Word. His rule is characterized by simplicity, practicality, wisdom, and Christian love. It is steeped in Sacred Scripture and permeated by the spirit of the Gospel. This Rule has stood the test of centuries as a foundational guide for communities of monks and nuns.
It is the Rule that the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman follow today.