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Stephen Harding, Saint

Stephen Harding, Saint, c.1060–1134, English monastic reformer. He entered the abbey at Sherborne in his youth later (c.1077) he went to the Molesme abbey (near Châtillon-sur-Seine) in Burgundy. In 1098 he joined his abbot, St. Robert (d. 1111), in founding at Cîteaux a new abbey, where the Rule of St. Benedict might be observed in primitive rigor. Stephen was abbot there from c.1109 and from his abbacy date the Cistercians the spirit and organization of that order reflect St. Stephen's ideas. These are embodied in the Chart of Charity (c.1119) this, the main Cistercian constitutional paper, is a landmark in the course of Western monasticism. He supported with paternal affection the work of St. Bernard of Clairvaux . Feast: Apr. 17 among Cistercians, July 16.

See C. H. Lawrence, Medieval Monasticism (1984).

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