Saint Scholastica Stained Glass
Saint Scholastica Stained Glass, made with cathedral coloured glass, hand painted with traditional glass paint and transparent enamels.
Forse sorella gemella di Benedetto da Norcia, Scolastica nacque a Norcia verso il 480; il padre, discendente da un’antica famiglia senatoriale romana era Capitano Generale dei romani nella regione di Norcia, mentre la madre, contessa di Norcia, morì subito dopo aver partorito i due gemelli. Il padre, che aveva dedicato grandi cura ai due bambini, fece voto di destinarla alla vita monastica, così all’età di dodici anni fu mandata a Roma assieme al fratello per compiere gli studi classici, ma entrambi restarono profondamente turbati per la vita dissoluta che vi si conduceva. Benedetto per primo decise di ritirarsi in eremitaggio. Scolastica, rimasta unica erede del ragguardevole patrimonio della famiglia, rifiutando ogni attaccamento ai beni terreni, chiese al padre di potersi dedicare alla vita religiosa entrando in un monastero vicino a Norcia. Il padre, pur soffrendo per la separazione dalla figlia, ricordandosi del voto fatto, accettò la sua decisione. Qualche anno dopo seguì il fratello a Subiaco e quando Benedetto fondò l’abbazia di Montecassino, volle seguirlo e ai piedi di Montecassino, a circa 7 km a sud dell’abbazia, fondò il primo monastero del ramo femminile dell’Ordine Benedettino.
Scholastica was likely the twin sister of Benedict of Norcia. Born in Norcia around 480 AD, her father was from an ancient Roman family of senators and he was the Roman Captain of the region of Norcia. Scholastica’s mother, the Countess of Norcia, died immediately after giving birth to twins. Her father, dedicated himself to raising the two children and they were destined to a monastic life. At the age of 12, she was sent sent to Rome, along with her brother, to complete their classical studies. Troubled by the desolate life he was following, Benedict decided to to follow the life of a hermit. Scholastica remained the family’s sole heir, but she refused every attachment to worldly goods and asked her father if she could dedicate her life to religion in a convent close to Norcia. The farther, deeply upset by the separation from his daughter, accepted her decision and gave his permission. Several years later her bother following in her footsteps, began life as a monk in the monastery of Subiaco. When Benedict founded the monastery of Montecassion, Scholastica followed him and created the first female branch of the Benedictine order, 7km from Monteacssion.
The brother and sister met once a year in a house half way between the monastery and the abbey and it is said that Benedict learned of the death of his sister, three days after their last meeting, from a divine sign when he saw a white dove fly into the sky.
Saint Scholastica Stained Glass window is dedicated to the memory of Sister Giovanna, Mother Superior of the Abby of Saints Benedict and Scholastica of Fano. This beautiful abbey comprises of a 19th Century building which was once the Bishop’s summer villa. The convent’s chapel is the most recent construction. Along with the noteworthy century old olive groves, the whole complex sits within fields and rolling green hills of the Marche region.