About St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Feast Day: August 20
St. Bernard of Clairvaux was a 12th century monk and theologian who was known for his ability to arbitrate disputes. He counseled kings and popes, yet valued the time he spent in prayer and contemplation. He wrote much on the Blessed Virgin Mary and is known for emphasizing the importance of Lectio Divina.
St. Bernard founded the Cistercian order, a stricter branch of the Benedictines, at the Clairvaux Abbey.
St. Bernard is the patron saint of beekeepers and candlemakers.