St. Sylvester

saintsylvesterThe feast of this holy Abbot of Monte Fano near Fabriano was introduced into the Calendar by Leo XII, who in doing so paid him the honor rendered by the Church to the founders of Religious Orders.


In the Thirteenth Century, when many Benedictine monasteries in Italy had lost much of their former holiness and learning, St. Sylvester succeeded in infusing new vitality into the ancient Order, by founding a monastic family which by the blessing of God transformed several Religious houses, and was distinguished by the sanctity of its members. His Order is called the Silvestrines; it numbered twenty-five houses in Italy when it”s founder died in 1267 at the age of ninety.