Rome, Italy, Jul 11, 2019 / 04:45 am America/Denver (CNA).
Before St. Benedict left for Subiaco, he studied in Rome, where today there is a little-known chapel built on the site believed to be his former residence.
Locals are celebrating St. Benedict’s July 11 feast this year with 40 hours of continuous Eucharistic adoration in this historic chapel in the Church of St. Benedict in Piscinula.
St. Benedict and his twin sister St. Scholastica were born in the 5th century into a noble family in Nursia. In 495, Benedict was sent to study in Rome, where he is believed to have lived with his relatives, the Anici family, at their villa Domus Aniciorum.
While studying in Rome, St. Benedict was disillusioned by the immorality of his classmates and companions, and eventually left Rome to live as a hermit in a cave in Subiaco.
The Church of St. Benedict in Piscinula, in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood, was built on what tradition holds to be the site of St. Benedict’s room in the former villa. A small chapel was first constructed there in the 7th century and has been destroyed and rebuilt many times since.