Maurus in 543, though it also has been strenuously upheld by many responsible writers.
In its ordinary meaning the term implies one complete religious family, made up of a number of monasteries, all of which are subject to a common superior or "general" who usually resides either in Rome or in the mother-house of the order, if there be one.
Benedict is used in a sense differing somewhat from that in which it is applied to other religious orders.
Nearest cities: Maize, KS (2.0 miles ), Andale, KS (2.2 miles ), Bentley, KS (2.7 miles ), Goddard, KS (2.9 miles ), Mount Hope, KS (3.0 miles ), Valley Center, KS (3.2 miles ), Garden Plain, KS (3.4 miles ), Sedgwick, KS (3.4 miles ). Colwich-area historical earthquake activity is near Kansas state average. Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.
On 3/13/1990, a category F5 tornado 26.2 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 60 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages. Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12Emergencies Declared: 3Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Explosion: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category). Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
This system of centralized authority has never entered into the organization of the Benedictine Order.