Farming

Farming has always been a great Benedictine traditional occupation for monks to keep and this is no exception for the monks of St Benedict monastery Ewu. All the more so that farming is an integral pa...
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Retreat House

Monks And Hospitality In keeping with the Benedictine spirit of hospitality as enshrined in the words of St Benedict himself, "Guests to the monastery should be received as Christ", The monks of ...
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Paxherbals

The Pax Herbal Centre Clinic and Research Laboratories otherwise known as Paxherbals® is an initiative of the monks of St Benedict monastery originally embarked upon with the primary intention of ...
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Bakery

Monks wheat bread is specially formulated to meet the eat-to-stay-well need of many people who find conventional flour bread detrimental to health or those who would want a very good alternative to ...
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Gift Shop

The monastery maintains a gift shop for all visitors to the monastery who may wish to buy sacramentals and other holy objects as well as sacred literatures. The gift shop also keeps stock of items l...
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Poultry

The Initiative Due to the high cost and manpower required to keep and maintain a poultry in a place like St Benedict monastery Ewu, both of which the monastery do not have much of,  the monks have ...
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Life of St. Benedict
Monte Cassino

Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine order of monks, was born in Nursia in Italy around AD 480. His parents were wealthy, and they sent him to school in Rome. As a student, however, he was shocked by the behaviour he saw in the city of Rome.

In about the year 500 he decided to leave the city and go out into the hills, where he lived a life of prayer. He found a cave at Subiaco, where he lived as a hermit. A local Christian brought him food, which he lowered into the cave in a basket. Gradually people came to hear of Benedict, and because they admired his holy way of life they joined him in a community.

Benedict was the Abbot, or leader of this group of monks. In time, however, some of the monks grew tired of Benedict's strict way of life, and they tried to poison him. He went back to his life in a cave. Later, he founded twelve monasteries of twelve monks each, and put an Abbot in charge of each monastery. There were still some people in the locality who were jealous of Benedict, so about the year 525 he moved to Monte Cassino, a hill to the south of Rome, where he founded a new monastery in 529.

Old Monte Cassino

He lived there until his death around the year 547. During his time at Monte Cassino he completed his Rule for monks, which became the most important set of guidelines for the life and worship of monks in the Middle Ages. The Rule has been slightly adapted over the centuries, but it is still followed by monks and nuns now. Benedict had a twin sister, Scholastica, who formed a community of women called nuns and lived nearby, following the same way of life as Benedict. She died shortly before him.

 

 

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