850 – 927
Saint Berno was the son of a French nobleman named Odon. His father provided shelter to the Benedictine community after the monks had been driven out of their monastery Saint Bruno assisted his father in helping the monks and after his death gave away his money and entered a Benedictine monastery of Saint Martin.
He was appointed abbot of the monastery of Baume, which he restored both spiritually and materially. He founded the Abbey of Cluny in 910 and governed it. His Abbey went on to become one of Europe’s most important monasteries. He implemented for the new abbey a stricter, modified form of the Benedictine rule.
Under Berno’s successors, Cluny became one of the most influential institutions in medieval Europe. As a center of piety and learning it gave four popes to the Church, and governed over eight hundred other monasteries by the fifteenth century.