Saint Adamo Abate was an Italian medieval Benedictine abbot. Adamo was born in Petazio, Italy, known today as Petacciato, a town in the province of Campobasso, in the southern part of Italy. He was born in the year 990 AD and was baptized in Guglionesi. He was known as a chief supporter of the unification of the Southern populations in Sicily, including Greeks, Muslims, Romans, and Jewish under King Roger II of Sicily.
This time in history was considered the Golden Age of Sicily, beginning with Roger I reign. Eventually, when King Roger II began his reign, he was thought of as the first true king of Sicily, and he successfully established a true Sicilian nation inhabited by “Sicilian people.” This Sicilian nation came about because of key promoters like Saint Adamo Abate.
Religious members that follow the Benedictine order, like Saint Adamo Abate, make three primary vows: obedience, stability, and fidelity to the monastic way of life. Chastity and poverty are also carried out in the Benedictine way, and those that follow the order maintain a close relationship with community life. It’s this relationship with his community that compelled Saint Adamo Abate to promote and support the unification of the Southern populations and territories.
Saint Adamo Abate died on May 3, 1060 in Petacciato, Italy. Religious historians believe he was 70 years old when he died.
Catholics celebrate the life of Saint Adamo Abate with the Feast of Adamo Abate on June 3.