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Catholic Word of the Day: OLIVETANS, 08-31-10 ^ | 08-31-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 08/31/2010 10:07:57 AM PDT by Salvation

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The Order or Our Lady of Mount Olivet, a branch of the Benedictines founded by St. Bernard Tolomei in 1313 at Mount Oliveto near Siena. They follow a strict interpretation of the Rule of St. benedict and for a time were total abstainers from wine. There are also Olivetan nuns, based in Switzerland.

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Your word for today about the consecrated life of the Olivetans.
1 posted on 08/31/2010 10:08:01 AM PDT by Salvation
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A monastic order, originally separate and distinct from the Benedictine order, the Olivetan order, known through its history as the Order of Our Lady of Mount Olivet, was a small and not well-known Catholic order, founded in 1313 by Giovanni Tolomei—who took the religious name of Bernardo—along with two of his friends, from the noble families of Siena, Patrizio Patrizi and Ambrogio Piccolomini. They initially lived as hermits in a place called the “Accona desert.” The building of the monastery began with the approbation of the “Charta fundationis” by Guido Tarlati, bishop of Arezzo (26 March 1319). The name Olivetan comes from the name of the order’s original hermitage, called “Monte Oliveto” in honor of Christ?s Passion. (The monastery eventually took the name of Monte Oliveto “Maggiore” (Major) so as to distinguuish it from successive foundations at Florence, S.Giminiano, Naples, etc.) After the arrival of a number of new followers the nascent community accepted the Rule of St.Benedict and was recognised by Pope Clement VI in 1344. Since 1960, the order has been a congregation of the international Benedictine Confederation (see also the Order of St. Benedict site), established by Pope Leo XIII in 1887.

2 posted on 08/31/2010 10:13:01 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 08/31/2010 10:14:29 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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