Saint John Gualbert - Founder (999-1073).
Saint John Gualbert was born in Florence in the year 999. He was raised with care in piety and the study of the humanities, but no sooner had he entered adult life than he acquired a taste for pleasures. He retired to Vallombrosa, which became the cradle of a new Order which followed the Rule of Saint Benedict in all its austerity. After a life of great austerity, he died while Angels were singing near his bed in 1073.
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