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St. Bruno


October 6

Bruno, the founder of the Carthusian Order, was born at Cologne. From his boyhood, he excelled in the soberness of his ways and his desire for solitude. His parents sent him to Paris, and there he made such progress in the study of philosophy and theology that he earned the degree of doctor and master in both faculties. Not long after, because of his outstanding virtues he was appointed a canon of the church at Rheims.

Having founded the Carthusian Order and having led a hermit’s life in this Order for some years, he was summoned to Rome by Urban II, who had been his disciple. In those calamitous times, the Pope made use of Bruno’s counsel and learning for several years. Finally the man of God, who had refused the archbishopric of Rheims, was allowed to depart. He again sought a place of solitude, and there, full of virtues and merits, he fell asleep in the Lord.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1623-1624.

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