Scholastica, virgin – February 10th
St Scholastica (b. 480, Norcia, Italy) (d. 547, Monte Cassino, Italy) (Relics: Monte Cassino, Italy; Juvigny-sur-Loison, France)
It is uncertain if the relics of Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica are still at Monte Cassino or if they were moved in the seventh century to the Fleury Abbey in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, France.
First Class Relics
Abbazia di Montecassino
(Abbey of Monte Cassino)
03043 Cassino, Italy
*The remains of St Benedict and St Scholastica are said to rest under the main altar of the church at this monastery. Following the tragic destruction of this church during World War II the relics were exhumed and analyzed. This study, conducted in 1950, did not produce conclusive evidence to either confirm or deny the authenticity of these relics.
Abbaye de Fleury (Fleury Abbey)
1 Avenue de l’Abbaye
45730 Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, France
*Tradition claims that during the latter part of the 7th century relics of St Benedict and St Scholastica were stolen from Montecassino and brought to this city in France. Today this is still a hotly debated issue with both shrines claiming to have the authentic relics. The relics located here rest within the crypt of the church.
(The Church of Saint Denis)
2 Rue Grande
55600 Juvigny-sur-Loison, France
*In the year 874 the relics of St Scholastica, which had been stolen from Montecassino as previously noted, were placed within the abbey located here. This abbey was later destroyed; however, the relics remain and are preserved within this church. They are processed annually during St Scholastica’s feast in February.
Churches of Honor
Monastero di San Benedetto
(Saint Benedict’s Monastery)
Via Reguardati 22
06046 Norcia, Italy
*This monastery is built over the house where St Benedict and St Scholastica were born. (Sadly an earthquake destroyed much of this church on October 30, 2016)
Churches of Honor in Rome
Santi Benedetto e Scolastica
(Saints Benedict and Scholastica)
Vicolo Sinibaldi 1
*This church is just south of the Pantheon. Its postal address is on Vicolo Sinibaldi; however, its front door is just around the corner on Via Torre Argentina.
*The church is very small and is set into the surrounding buildings. It is dedicated to both St Benedict and St Scholastica. It is not open often.