|Abbot Mordalfus of Redwall|
|12-tasseled green hat of an abbot nullius|
Montecassino was Saint Benedict's own monastery, so it is the Benedictine Motherhouse. Since Sturm went there to learn The Way of the Monk, we should not be surprised that he became the first Benedictine in Germany. Being reverent is different from being pious -- I like to think Sturm was both. I also like to think that there was an element of reverence in his decision to secure the body of Saint Boniface, Apostle of the Germans, for burial at Fulda rather than Mainz. It was plainly a shrewd move, in that tourism (a fetal industry, at that point) was entirely rooted in pilgrimage.
|Sturm's transept in Fulda|
Sturm's mission work in Saxony was largely a failure -- he was ironically perceived as being too tight with Charlemagne and Pepin. However, he administered Fulda to the end of his days and was buried there. At some point since, it ceased to be an abbey nullius; there are only eleven (not counting Redwall) left in the world; appropriately, Montecassino tops the list. The abbey church at Fulda now serves as the cathedral and is not too shabby, as you can see from the corner dedicated to its founder, Sturmius.