From The Prior’s Desk

  • The First Sunday of Advent brings the sense of a new beginning to the Church and the monastery. We see over and over again in the spiritual life that though we make progress, we often make the same mistakes. So, with God’s grace, we need...

Blessed Feast of the Epiphany! A scene which never fails to resonate in Stave Two of Dickens' A Christmas Carol -- which we read in the refectory starting on the 26th of December every year -- shows a young Ebenezer alone, sitting, reading, fearful, sad, and...

Christmas Schedule 2017 Sunday - Monday December 24, 25 10:00    Terce and Conventual Mass 18:00    Solemn First Vespers of Christmas 20:45    Matins 24:00    Midnight Mass of Christmas *** 07:00    Prime and Dawn Mass of Christmas 10:00    Terce and Day Mass of Christmas 17:15    Solemn Second Vespers of Christmas and Adoration...

Our holy patron St. Benedict took many journeys throughout his life to visit spiritual friends or his twin sister St. Scholastica. In Norcia, we continue that tradition with a quarterly all-day pilgrimage to a nearby shrine. The winter hike this year brought us to Cascia,...

View original e-mail: http://mailchi.mp/nursia/norciapreparestorebuild Dear Friends and Family, The long Umbrian autumn brings lovely fall colors and some better weather for the construction crews which continue their work of “messa in sicurezza,” which is the Italian term indicating a structural securing of the building so that it...

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....