What Is St. Benedict the Patron Saint Of?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 12, 2020 10:03:01 PM ET

Saint Benedict is the patron saint of school children, Europe, kidney disease and poisoning. Saint Benedict's Saint Day is July 11.

Saint Benedict began his adult life as a hermit, trying to escape the horrors of war. He lived in a cave for 3 years and during that time, he came across a group of monks who chose him to be their leader. He built a monastery called Monte Cassino and it was in this monastery that he led the monks and others in a strict lifestyle of prayer and charity work. St. Benedict's teachings are still followed by the Catholic Church, as of 2015.