As the end of the civil year overlaps with the beginning of the new liturgical year in Advent, we look back joyfully over the blessings of these past twelve months. After so many years of planning and fundraising, the new monastery now begins to take real shape, with help from many of you. Men have joined the monastery from new parts of Europe, bringing the total number of countries represented at the monastery to eleven. The monastic cemetery construction and consecration was a symbolic step toward our vow of stability, assuring the monks and townspeople alike that we will live and die in this city of St. Benedict. Click here to continue reading.