Saint Benedict is the patron saint of students, monks and Europe. Benedict was born into a distinguished Italian family, studied at Rome, and early in life was drawn to monasticism. At first he became a hermit, leaving a depressing world—pagan armies on the march, the Church torn by schism, people suffering, morality falling away. Later, he founded a monastery that became the roots of the Church's monastic system. His feast day is July 11th. Buy a pendant or add on a chain to make it a necklace. Get St. Benedict medals or crucifixes in either sterling silver, gold-filled or 14kt gold all made in the USA and with lifetime guarantees.