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Benedictine monastic history stretches back 1500 years. In these few pages of history, just four basic questions are addressed:

  1. How did Saint Louis Abbey come to be?
  2. Who was St. Benedict?
  3. What is the Order of Saint Benedict?
  4. How do the monks at Saint Louis Abbey trace their roots back to St. Benedict?

The first answer explains the motivation for Saint Louis Abbey and introduces the key players. The second answer explores the origins of what is known as Benedictine monasticism. The third answer gives a little overview of Benedictine history and clarifies some terminology. The fourth answer illustrates how English Benedictine monasticism has persisted throughout centuries of opposition, continually proclaiming the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.