Romanus of Subiaco

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Saint Romanus of Subiaco
Died ca. 550 AD
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church[1]
Feast May 22

Saint Romanus of Subiaco (died ca. 550 AD) was a hermit in the area around Subiaco, Italy.

He is remembered as having assisted and influenced Saint Benedict of Nursia, when the latter had just begun his life as a hermit. Romanus provided Benedict with clothing (a religious habit), food, and housing (in the form of a cave above the river Anio, which Benedict lived in for 3 years) (St. Gregory the Great, Dialogi, II, i).

Christian tradition states that Romanus departed Italy to escape the barbarian invasions. He is credited with founding a small monastery at Dryes-Fontrouge in Auxerre, where he died.

He is sometimes identified with the Romanus of Auxerre who was venerated as Bishop of Auxerre on 8 October.[1]


  1. ^ (Greek) Ὁ Ὅσιος Ρωμανὸς ὁ Ἀσκητής. 22 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ.

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