Benedict was born in Norcia around 480 AD to a noble, christian family. He had a twin sister named Scholastica, who also became a saint.
Benedict went to Rome to increase his knowledge of literature and law. But when he got there he grew to be disgusted by his peers behaviour and the political problems.
Eventually, Benedict abandoned his studies and left Rome to pursue a spiritual life. His nurse, Cirilla, was his only companion.
Benedict's first miracle was when his servant dropped a plate. Benedict fixed the plate, which was broken beyond repair, with his bare hands.
After performing the plate miracle, Benedict went into solitude. He became a hermit and took shelter in a cave in the ruins of Nero's village, near Subiaco. His only social connection was with a monk named Romanus who gave him a monk habit and lowered down food from the monastery above. He was there, alone, for three years.
In a nearby monastery, the abbot dies and, now known for his wisdom, Benedict is asked to become the new abbot. He warns them he will be too strict but the monks insist and eventually he is persuaded. However, Benedict is too strict and the monks attempt to poison him. But Saint Benedict miraculously survives and decides to return to his cave.