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The Order of St Benedict is the name given to the autonomous monasteries whose monks follow the rule established by St Benedict of Nursia in the sixth century. Benedictine monks vow to support and maintain their community and to obey their superior as the representative of Jesus Christ in the monastery. The abbot of a Benedictine monastery rules absolutely, and given the independent character of each abbey, observance of the rule of Benedict varies from place to place.
Benedictine monasteries often support themselves with large estates owned by the monks and worked by tenants. The monasteries often serve as schools as well, and a number of abbeys and monks are highly regarded for their contributions to scholarship.