Benard Dominique Laurent
Benard Dominique Laurent a French ecclesiastic and theologian, was born at Nevers in 1573. Having become prior of the College of Cluny, he wished to revive the order of St. Benedict, which shortly after led to his conceiving the idea of a model congregation, of which Louis XIII confided to him the direction. Thus was founded the Order of Benedictines of St. Maur. He died April 21, 1620. He wrote, Regles des Abbayes et MAonasteres des Filles Religieuses de l'Ordrae de Sainct Benoist., Traduites de Latin en FranFais (Paris,, 1608): b Parceneses Chrestiennes (Paris, 1616); and several a, other works. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.