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A Feast Day Prayer to Saint Scholastica

Today, February 10, marks the memorial of the patron saint of Benedictine nuns.

Born in Umbria, Italy in the year 480, Saint Scholastica is popularly known as the founder of the Order of the Benedictine nuns. She is believed to be the twin sister of Saint Benedict of Nursia, and her feast day is celebrated today, the 10th of February.

According to the Dialogues of Gregory the Great, Scholastica was born to a wealthy family. Her parents, Anicius Eupropius and Claudia Abondantia Reguardati, raised her and her brother Benedict together until the latter left to pursue his studies in Rome. (Read: 3 Intercessory Prayers to St. Benedict of Nursia)

During her time, young women of class such as Scholastica were expected to remain in her father’s house until she is married (which is, more often than not, arranged) or consecrated. But in her case, Scholastica established the very first convent of Benedictine nuns— a hermitage that was about five miles from Monte Cassino.

While this is what most faithful believe these days, there are still different versions as to how Scholastica lived her life. One report says that she lived in a hermitage with one or two other consecrated virgins in a cluster of houses at the base of Mount Cassino; while the Dialogues indicates that Scholastica lived in her father’s house with other religious women until his death and then moved nearer to Benedict.

Today, Saint Scholastica is the patron saint of Benedictine nuns, education, convulsive children, and storms and rain. Her feast is celebrated annually on February 10.

A Prayer in Honor of Saint Scholastica

O God, to show us where innocence leads, you made the soul of your virgin Saint Scholastica soar to heaven like a dove in flight. Grant through her merits and her prayers that we may so live in innocence as to attain to joys everlasting. This we ask through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

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