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Harding, Stephen

Born: 1048 AD
Died: 1134 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Saint

1048 – Stephen Harding was born in Dorset.

1108 – At Citeaux, Saint Robert was initially abbot. However, Robert returned to Molesme after a year, and Alberic took over.

1112 – Bernard of Clairvaux came to visit and brought with him his followers.

         – A dozen new Cistercian houses were founded to contain the monks coming to the new, austere, reformed monastic movement.

1119 – Stephen wrote up the Charta of Charity, which is a defining document in the Cistercian Order and establishes its unifying principles.

1027 – He eventually moved to the abbey of Molesme in Burgundy, under the abbot Saint Robert of Molesme.

1133 – He resigned the head of the order, due to his age and increasing blindness.

1134 – Died on the 28th of March.