St. Romuald

Today is the feast day of St. Romuald.

Here's what you need to know...

St. Romuald was the founder of the Camaldolese order and a major figure in the eleventh-century renaissance of eremitical asceticism (living as a hermit).

Romuald was born in Ravenna, Italy around the year 950.

At the age of twenty, he watched his father murder a relative in a duel. He was disgusted and fled to a nearby monastery to do penance for his father. Romuald soon became a monk there.

Romuald spent most of his life either living as a hermit or traveling around Italy establishing or reforming monasteries and hermitages--over 100 in total.

In 1012, he was gifted some land on which he built hermit cells, and later a monastery, and established the Camaldolese order. 

The admonition in his rule in true eremitic fashion reads, "Empty yourself completely and sit waiting."

Inspired by his son's work, Romuald’s own father became a monk later in life.

St. Romuald of Ravenna died in his monastic cell in 1027.

Pope Gregory XIII canonized him in 1582.

He is often pictured in art pointing to a ladder where monks are climbing toward Heaven.

Happy Feast Day.

St. Romuald, ora pro nobis.