The Order of Saint Benedict

The Rule of Benedict
Arranged by Chapter Titles

"We wish this rule to be read often in the community,
so that none can offer the excuse of ignorance" (RB 66, 8).


Today, women monastics outnumber men by more than two to one. Thus, the even-numbered chapters below have been adapted for a women's community. The odd-numbered chapters are for a men's community such as Saint Benedict would have known. Mr. J. Frank Henderson edits a website that provides information about the history, dissemination and use of the Rule of Benedict adapted for and by women. Several contemporary scholarly and literary translations of the Rule into English exist, but the Leonard Doyle translation used here is familiar to generations of US and other English-speaking monastics from its widespread and long term use in refectories and chapter rooms.



St. Benedict's Rule for Monasteries

Translated from the Latin by Leonard J. Doyle, secular oblate of Saint John's Abbey, © Copyright 1948, 2001 by the Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Adapted here using the division into sense lines of the first edition that was republished in 2001 to mark the 75th anniversary of the The Liturgical Press. Hardcover and paperback editions of Doyle's translation are available.

RB 1980 in Latin and English with Notes is a modern, scholarly translation ed. by Timothy Fry OSB (1981), 644 p. The translation by itself is also available in paperback.

[Monk reading]Rule of Benedict: Bibliographic Index

Includes manuscripts, books, editions, translations, etc. arranged chronologically by publication. S. Aquinata Boeckmann's "Bibliography for Students of the Rule of Benedict" is a comprehensive, classified list of books and articles that is updated with regularity.

More Bibliographica Benedictina

MnPALS is an on-line catalog that includes three Benedictine libraries in Minnesota whose collections are rich in monastic holdings.

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