St. Benedict of Skalka
May 1st, Saint


Benedictine monk at the Saint Hippolyte monastery on Mount Zobor outside Nitra in modern Slovakia, taking the name Benedict. Spiritual student of Saint Andrew Zorard. With his abbot‘s permission, Benedict withdrew from communal life to live nearby as a hermit. Noted for his ascetic lifestyle. Killed by a gang of thieves who believed he was hiding treasure in his cave. His biography was written by Saint Maurus of Pécs.

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