On 4 October 2013, the Post issued a stamp celebrating Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint, Doctor of Church and promulgator of the Cistercian order.
Influential man and prolific writer, Bernard of Clairvaux gave booming to Cistercian movement at the beginning of the twelfth century.
Born in 1090, son of the lord of Fontaine-les-Dijon, he came in religion at the age of 22 years at the Abbey of Citeaux, to live under the rule of St Benedict.
Three years later he was sent with a group of monks to found a new abbey which became the one of Clairvaux, near the present town of Bar-sur-Aube.
Great propagator of faith, he did not hesitate to move in the south to preach the crusade or participate in the Council of Sens. He wrote volumes of texts, charts, letters and rules advocating the Cistercian life and his personal search for God.
On the death of Bernard of Clairvaux 860 years ago, 500 Cistercian abbeys have been founded under his leadership across France and Europe. Thus, Clairvaux became a strong community counting 700 monks.
Bernard of Clairvaux was canonized in 1174, under the title of St. Bernard, and now is celebrated on August 20.