Saint Bernard of Clairvaux


In the year 1111, Bernard became a Cistercian monk at the age of 20. Confident, bold and outspoken, his influence spread far beyond the monastery. The “honey-tongued” orator settled international disputes, prevented a schism, inspired innovative architecture, outsmarted heretics, and defended the integrity of marriage - all while suffering from chronic illness. Sustained by his love for Christ and devotion to Mary, Bernard became one of the most influential figures of the 12th century.

    Patron saint of:
  • architects
  • beekeepers
  • candlemakers