From The Prior’s Desk

  • While St. Benedict says that a monastery should contain everything within its walls so that the monks do no have to leave the enclosure, the saint himself occasionally made holy pilgrimages to see other abbots and even family. Hardly a more touching example of a...

  On the Feast of St. Scholastica on the 10th of February, locals have always been able to tell if Spring is coming, or if Winter will persist. If sparrows are chirping near the roof, Spring will come soon. So says the received wisdom. We hope Spring does...

  Dear Friends, As of this writing, an avalanche caused by earthquakes this week has so decimated a nearby ski resort that many have perished and others are still trapped inside. The continuing fury of the trembling earth below us means I return to writing what I...

  Dear friends, By the evening of the 5th, First Vespers of the Epiphany, 6 inches of snow had fallen at San Benedetto in Monte. This fluffy white coating, in the matter of a few hours, did what would have taken us years to accomplish: all the...

  "Ego Frater Maria Paulus” Uttering these simple words on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, our newly professed Br. Paul made history by becoming the first monk to make vows at San Benedetto in Monte, less than 6 weeks after the epic earthquake which...

Dear friends, Last week, I took what would usually be a 90-minute drive to our monastery dentist. The drive took over 2 and a half hours because of detours due to road closures. On the way back I thought I would do something clever. I decided...

In the history of every new community, the transition from the founder to the next generation of leadership is a positive sign of growth and maturity.  I am happy to announce that the monastic community of Norcia has reached this important moment. The earthquakes of the...

While the Church is certainly the most important part of the monastery, and the refectory not far from it, the library plays the intellectual parallel of both. It nourishes the mind with truth through history, literature, science, theology, philosophy and so much else. So it...

ABOVE: Catiuscia Marini, the President of Umbria, Italy and dear friend of the monastery, visits with the Monks of Norcia. Our life as monks has entered an entirely new phase, one we never expected but in which we see, unmistakably, God’s hand. He asks us to...

How can I even begin to describe the scene we witnessed yesterday in Norcia? It was like those photographs of bombed-out churches from the Second World War. It reminded me of all those ruined monasteries one sees passing through the English countryside. It was an image...

Around 7:40 AM, a powerful earthquake struck close to Norcia. The monks are all safe, but our hearts go immediately to those affected, and the priests of the monastery are searching for any who may need the Last Rites. The Basilica of St. Benedict, the historic...