VITTORINO ALDINUCCI was a Benedictine monk, and from 1962 Abbot of the Abbey of San Miniato in Florence, where he pursued important ecumenical work. Dom Vittorino, or "Father Abbot" as he was affectionately referred to, remained a very humble man.
Born in Arezzo in Italy in 1912, he was one of seven children and from an early age drawn to the Benedictine way of life. He was accepted for the monastic life at Monte Oliveto Maggiore, founded in Tuscany in the 12th century and the mother house of an international family of monasteries. His uncle was novice master there.
He studied hard and found the life, at first, difficult. However, his inner strength allowed him to develop his vocation and in 1933 he was solemnly professed as a Monk of the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto, after which he received a special dispensation to be ordained for the priesthood at the early age of 23. On the retirement of his uncle, Aldinucci was appointed novice master and his younger brother also joined the congregation and became his novice - thus completing the family tradition.
After some years he became the Commissarius of the Abbot General of the Olivetan congregation for …