Bartholomew of Grottaferrata

Saint Bartholomew of Grottaferrata (Italian: San Bartolomeo il Giovane) (Rossano, c. 970 – Grottaferrata, November 11, 1055) or Bartholomew the Younger was an Italo-Greek abbot at the monastery at Grottaferrata.

Saint Bartholomew of Grottaferrata
Abbot and Confessor
Born981 AD
Rossano, Theme of Calabria, Byzantine Empire
DiedNovember 11, 1055
Abbey of Grottaferrata, County of Tusculum, Papal States
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Anglican Communion
Major shrineAbbey of Grottaferrata,
Rome, Italy
FeastNovember 11

Like Saint Nilus, Saint Bartholomew was of Greek heritage. He was also a personal disciple of the founder of the abbey Nilus the Younger. He would in time be St Nilus' third successor in the position of abbot. When he succeeded Nilus as abbot, he supervised the completion of the abbey, of which he is considered the second founder.[1] Under his administration, which continued for some forty years, the monastery established a firm basis which would allow it to continue to this day.

St Bartholomew the Younger was also a hymn-writer and noted calligrapher like his teacher. He is also described as having a very sympathetic nature, and being unable to see anyone suffer without giving that party comfort.

He is regarded as a saint, with a feast day of November 11.

See alsoEdit



  • Donald Attwater and Catherine Rachel John, "The Penguin Dictionary of Saints," 3rd edition, New York: Penguin Books, 1993, ISBN 0-14-051312-4.
  • Santa Maria de Grottaferrata (in Italian)