de Turlande was born in the year 1000 in Aurillac,
Auvergne, France. After a blameless life as a
youth, St. Robert was ordained to the priesthood
and became a canon of the church of St. Julian. St.
Robert distinguished himself with fervent charity
to the sick and poor and with his zeal for the
public worship of God. He is said to have built and
restored no less than fifty churches during his
1046, with the permission of Pope Benedict IX, St.
Robert and two companions built a hermitage and
embarked on a life of prayer and total commitment
to the poor.
three years so many disciples had joined the holy
hermits it became necessary to build a monastery.
With donations from the pious people, the buildings
arose and developed into the great abbey of Chaise
Dieu (Casa Dei). St. Robert was the Abbott and gave
the community of 300 monks the Benedictine rule.
Chaise Dieu became the mother-house of several
other Benedictine monasteries and one of the most
flourishing in Christendom.
much of Chaise Dieu was plundered during the
religious wars and the French Revolution, there
still remains the vast church and cloister. It is
also the tomb of Pope Clement VI who began his
spiritual life as a monk at Chaise
Robert died in 1067 and his feast day is observed
on April 17.