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Monte Senario is the ‘Cradle’ of the Servite Order. When the Seven Holy Fathers withdrew from the city of Florence, it was to Monte Senario that they went. Bonfilius (one of the Seven Founders) was the first Prior of Monte Senario. The early friars lived here beside an Oratory dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. The Oratory now forms a part of the large church which is within the priory. It was at Monte Senario that the Servite Order received the first official recognition of its existence in a letter dated 13th March 1249. It came from the Papal Legate and was addressed to the ‘Prior and Friars of St Mary of Monte Senario who are called the Servants of Saint Mary’

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