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St. Robert of Chaise Dieu

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Feastday: April 17
Death: 1067

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Benedictine abbot and founder. Born in Auvergne, France, he was originally known as Robert de Turlande. After becoming a priest and canon of St. Julian's in Brioude, he founded a hospice, earning distinction for his care of the poor. He then gave himself over to the spiritual direction of St. Odilo at Cluny, France. After making a pilgrimage to Rome, he was moved to give up his life at Cluny and to settle near Brioude, Auvergne, with a fellow hermit, a former knight named Stephen.. There he attracted followers and built the abbey of Casa Dei to house the burgeoning community of three hundred monks.

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