St. Romuald of Campus Mulduli
St. Romuald, the founder of the Camoldolese hermits, was born into the
ducal family of Ravenna, the Onesti, c. 956. His early life is said to
have been dissolute. A second in a duel, he saw his father kill a relative
in a property dispute, after which Romuald withdrew to monastery of St.
Apollinaire at Classis. He later became a monk there. In 999, he left the
monastery where he had been abbot for three years to pursue a more
solitary and ascetical life. He travelled in Italy and France, where he
established a number of hermitages and monasteries as he preached about
the virtues of eremitic life. His most famous foundation was at the Campus
Mulduli, which became the center of the Camoldolese order. Two years after
he left St. Apollinaire, his friend Otto III offered the abbacy of a
monastery which he had recently established to Romuald, who refused it.
Romuald died in 1027 alone in his cell at the Campus Mulduli. His rule
sought to combine the communal life of the Benedictines with the solitary
life of the hermits and influenced the rules of other orders, including
the Carthusians and the Cistercians.
Karen Rae Keck
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