Abbot Richard (III)
He showed the way by his life and became
a pattern to his flock, ever most watchful lest his words should
be out of
harmony with his deeds or his teaching with his life.
[Narratio in Oxford, Ruins of Fountains
Originally from Yorkshire, Richard
had answered Bernard of Clairvaux’s
call to join his community – ‘the heavenly Jerusalem.’ Richard
served as precentor of Clairvaux and then as abbot of Vauclair.
Bernard chose him to lead the Fountains community through difficult
times and to restore stability. After initial difficulties, Richard
enjoyed a long ad successful abbacy. He was the first abbot of
Fountains to be buried in the chapter-house there.