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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Ordinary Time: August 20th


St. Bernard (1090-1153) was born near Dijon and died in Clairvaux, France. He was of a noble family and received a careful education in his youth. With his father, brother and thirty noblemen, he entered the Benedictine monastery of Citeaux. Two years later, he led a group of monks to establish a house at Clairvaux and became its abbot. The monastic rule, which he perfected at Clairvaux became the model for 163 monasteries of the Cistercian reform. He was a theologian, poet, orator, and writer. He is sometimes considered as a Father of the Church.

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