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Saint Equitius
Born~490 AD
Abruzzi region, Italy
Died~570 AD
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Major shrineSanta Margherita all'Aquila, L'Aquila.
FeastAugust 11
Attributesholds the model of a monastery

Saint Equitius (Italian: Sant'Equizio) was an abbot of the 6th century. He was born between 480 and 490 in the region of (present-day L'Aquila-Rieti-Tivoli).[1] Gregory the Great refers to Equitius in his Dialogues (I,4 in PL, LXXVII, coll. 165-77), and states that Equitius was a follower of Saint Benedict of Nursia.[1] Equitius worked to spread monasticism in Italy and the West but was never ordained as a priest.[1] However, Gregory writes that Equitius’ reputation for sanctity was such that the saint was able to recruit many new monks in the region of Valeria, many of whom later acquired high office within the Church.[1] The pope initiated an investigation into Equitius when complaints were made regarding the saint’s standing.[2] The pope sent a priest named Julian to investigate Equitius, but the pope ended the investigation after receiving a vision concerning Equitius.[2]

Equitius died at his monastery of . His monks were absorbed into the Benedictine Order.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Tracanna, Claudio (15 Oct 2002). "Sant'Equizio". Santi e Beati. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  2. ^ a b ? (2009). "St. Equitius". Catholic Online. Retrieved April 7, 2009.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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