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St. Scholastica

V/VI Centuries
Sister and possibly twin of Benedict of Nursia, St. Scholastica (c. 480-c. 543) is said to have been dedicated to Gpd while she was an infant. She is accounted the first Benedictine nun and established a female monastery at Plombariola. Its location is not known, and it is believed to have been near Monte Cassino. Gregory the Great tells in his Dialogues about her death three days after she had prayed for a violent storm to keep Benedict with her in spiritual conversation. She was buried in the tomb her brother had prepared for himself, and the two are, traditionally, said to have been buried together.

Karen Rae Keck


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