St. Benedict of Nursia was born in the middle of the fifth century, the son of a Roman nobleman. He was sent to Rome at a young age to finish his studies, but was horrified by the immorality and corruption he encountered there. He fled Rome, for a time living as a hermit in the mountains of Subiaco. Benedict ultimately founded a monastery that went on to become the model for Christian communities for the next 1500 years. He developed a series of rules for community living that emphasized diligent work, regular prayer, and faithful study. In the shadows of the fall of Rome, Benedict created a tradition of Christian living that enabled the Church to survive, and ultimately thrive, through deeply troubled times.