From The Prior’s Desk

  • Last Sunday, with great joy, we inaugurated the first cloister of our new monastery on the mountainside. Hundreds of friends from Norcia, Italy and even abroad joined us to pray alongside us on that auspicious evening, which began with Solemn Vespers. The chapel was fuller...

Last Sunday, with great joy, we inaugurated the first cloister of our new monastery on the mountainside. Hundreds of friends from Norcia, Italy and even abroad joined us to pray alongside us on that auspicious evening, which began with Solemn Vespers. The chapel was fuller than...

"God is love." One year after the first earthquake of 2016, these three words from the letter St. John, which touch the depths of Man’s soul with hope and courage, are -- more than ever -- all one can say. In the days immediately after...

The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady provided not only the occasion to renew our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, thanking her for the many ways she intercedes on our behalf, but also the occasion to call others to prayer with the blessing...

The solemn profession of Fr. Martin Bernhard last week left many in the chapel in tears. Surrounded by family, friends and his monastic brothers, Fr. Martin’s resounding “Volo” ("I do desire"), in answer to the several ritual questions within the ceremony, publicly announced his commitment to...

Dear friends, Lush green fields have turned from faded to brown thanks to a Summer drought in Norcia that has left the monks without water once again -- though for entirely different reasons than this past Winter! It seems the earthquake deviated centuries-old underground wells of...

Dear friends, In moments of tragedy when all seems lost, God calls us to trust that somewhere, somehow, good can come from it. Over the last 9 months, we monks of Norcia have set out to follow that path. Our home, the monastery and basilica of St....

The Easter season has brought many blessings to the monks. The floor of the first phase of the new monastery in Monte is nearly complete and we are on schedule for our first Mass there June 4, Pentecost. We also are planning a formal inauguration...

Happy Easter! Or, Buona Pasquetta ("little Easter"), as Easter Monday is called in Italy. While for most of the country it is a day of picnics and outings, for the monks it acts as a second chance to breathe and reflect deeply on the mystery of...

  Dear Friends, On this Feast, for several centuries, monks, clergy and citizens of Norcia have celebrated St. Benedict’s Transitus – his earthly death and birth into Heaven -- in a packed basilica with local townspeople in medieval costume. In the crypt of that basilica, the saint...

    Dear Friends, Since my last update, there is much to report. First, in preparation for the Feast of St. Benedict, the annual lighting of the Benedictine Torch took place. For those who don’t know, the torch has been lit in Norcia for the last 50 years as...