VI. The Benedictine Rule

The Benedictine Rule

The Benedictine order was founded by St. Benedict of Nursia, who was born 2 March 480AD, and died 21 March 547AD. Even before the institution of the Benedictine Rule, monasticism was widely established in Southern and Western Europe, and was instrumental in spreading Christianity among the hordes which overran the enfeebled Roman Empire. But there was as yet neither uniformity nor permanency of Rule. In the words of St. John Cassian, which seem to apply to occidental as well as oriental monasticism, there were as many Rules as there were monasteries.