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Feastday: May 22

Death: 550

Monk who influenced St. Benedict of Nursia. A hermit in the area around Subiaco, Italy, Romanus discovered the young Benedict shortly after the latter had left the world and embarked upon his eremitical lifestyle. Romanus dressed Benedict in his monastic habit, showed him the cave where Benedict lived for three years, and kept him supplied with food. According to tradition, he departed Italy to escape the invading barbarians and founded Fontrouge Abbey in Auxerre, France, where he died.

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