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Benedict was born around the year 480 in Italy.He began his education at home and later attended a public school in Rome. He was shocked by the immoral behavior of his fellow students and decided to get away and go into the mountains. There Benedict met a monk who taught him how to lead a life of prayer and penance. as time passed, others joined Benedict and they built several monasteries. He trained them to live in a certain way that later became known as the Rule of St. Benedict.