Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

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The Archabbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore was born on the initiative of Bernardo Tolomei of Siena (1272-1348), and it is the spiritual centre of the Olivetan Family. Even today it is the monastery that is referred to and that heads the Benedictine Congregation of Saint Mary of Monte Oliveto.
Bernardo, a man of God, chose the Rule of St. Benedict as a model for daily life, and he was pationately devoted to Mary from his youth.
In fact, the Congregation that he founded has as special devotion to Our Lady, unique amongst the various monastic congregations of the Benedictine Order, and this is evidenced by the white colour of the monks’ habit in honour of the purity of Our Lady.

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