St. Bruno was born at Cologne, Germany about the year 1033. St Cunibert, Bishop of that city, looked after his education. For a while he was a Canon of the Cathedral but then went to France to continue his studies at Rheims. Ordained about 1056, he taught theology at Rheims for twenty years. Archbishop Gervasius shared the government of the diocese with him. After the death of Gervasius, people expected St. Bruno to become the Archbishop but he refused. He had conceived of a project of retreat with ten friends. St. Hugh, Bishop of Grenoble gave his advice on using the desert of Chartreuse as their abode. There they began to imitate the lives of the early solitaries, laying the foundation of the Carthusian Order, where the mother house still exists. After six years, St. Bruno was summoned to Rome by Pope Urban. After some time at Rome, he got permission to leave and founded a second monastery in Calabria. He spent the rest of his life there. He died on October 6, 1101.
FEAST DAY: October 6
PATRON OF: Those possessed