Joy on the Mountainside

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 it has ever been.

We then proceeded throughout the cloister, solemnly blessing it according to ancient custom.

Our new scriptorium allows the monks a fitting atmosphere for lectio divina.

“Our architect likes the phrase, ‘Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.’

I shared this and many things, especially words of thanks, to all those gathered afterward to hear about the project we are undertaking as a monastery and who have helped us along the way. I was pleased to share the next phases of our plans.

“Beginning with the brewery, next in line for construction, we will then continue with the rearrangement of the ruins of the old Capuchin church into a beautiful garden as a place of welcome and contemplation. Then, we will proceed to the construction of the new abbey church and main cloister, with a guesthouse worthy to host you, our family, in a setting that inspires everyone, to look to the mountain, to look up, to look to God.”

The evening concluded joyously with refreshments and Birra Nursia.

May God bless you all. Keep praying for us, please, as this first step was only the first of many, as we continue to work tirelessly to restore monastic life here in Norcia, the birthplace of St. Benedict.

In Christ,
Prior Benedict Nivakoff, O.S.B.