Born in 1090, he was the 3rd child of parents belonging to the highest Nobility of Burgundy. He studied literature and poetry in school and had a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, “Queen of Heaven”. At age 22 he felt a calling of God to enter the Cistercian Monks of Citeaux. He lived 40 years in cloister where it is said he helped plan the 2nd Crusade. He died at the age of 63 and was Canonized a “Doctor of Church”.
b.1090 Burgundy, France d. 8/20/1153 Clairvaux Abbey, Aube, France
Patronage: Bees, Beekeepers, Candlemakers, Cistercians, Knights Templar, Burgundy, France
Feast Day: August 20