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St. Petronax

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Feastday: May 6
Birth: 670
Death: 747

Abbot, called "the Second Founder of Monte Cassino." From Brescia, Italy, he joined the Benedictines and in 717 was asked by Pope St. Gregory H to go to Monte Cassino to examine the ruins of the famed abbey which had been badly damaged by the Lombards in 580. After visiting St. Benedict's tomb, Petronax gathered together the hermits who occupied the old abbey and began rebuilding. Elected abbot for the reflowering abbey, he ruled Monte Cassino for three decades, making it once more the chief Benedictine institution.

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