A solemn profession

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 remain a monk of Norcia until his death.

What does he desire? Stability in Norcia. Poverty. Obedience and chastity. Conversion of his life. To renounce “the pomps of the world.” This last phrase evocatively refers to all those things in the world that might take us away from God. May this be true for Fr. Martin and all Christians.

Idleness can take us away from God, and for that reason, St. Benedict encourages monks to work. Recently, our work has been focused on the building of our new monastery on the mountainside. For what remains of 2017, we’ve decided to focus our efforts on the construction of a new brewery. Starting and finishing the brewery this year, God willing, will enable us to continue our industry of brewing beer. That way, long after the hard work of building the monastery is over, the monks can continue to glorify God through the work of their own hands as St. Benedict prescribed.

Signs of new life and hope are showing up in Norcia, and we believe that the building of a new brewery will encourage others to rebuild their businesses as well. Since we still need to raise $200,000, we hope this video will encourage you and anyone you to know to assist us in this effort.

To participate in our life and contribute to our work, donations are possible online or via mail (http://en.nursia.org/donations/) . You can also buy our beer (http://birranursia.com) or join our Brewmonks’ Club (https://birranursia.com/purchase/the-brewmonks-club/) , or support us through purchases of Benedicta (https://simplecheckout.authorize.net/payment/CatalogPayment.aspx) , our first major CD of Gregorian chant. Listening to the chant helps one enter into the mystery of the monastic search for God. We’re happy to share that search with you through our music as another sign of our deep appreciation for all you do for us.

In Christ,

Prior Benedict Nivakoff, O.S.B.