From The Prior’s Desk

  • It is not without reason that Benedictine monks have been known for many centuries for their hospitality. St. Benedict dedicates a long section of his Rule to remind the monks that every guest who shows up at the door should be treated like Christ. Their...

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...

I am hesitant to implore you all again for prayers and support. In the midst of so much suffering, one cannot help but feel a kind of embarrassment to invite your attention to our situation so soon after the first series of earthquakes in August....

“It reminds me of Bethlehem." With these words, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship at the Vatican, brought consolation and inspiration to the ears of his listeners -- the 10 monks of San Benedetto in Monte. In the early hours of October...

One of the great traditions of our faith, returned to fashion thanks to Hollywood stars who do the Camino di Santiago, is the Catholic pilgrimage. On foot, on bike or by bus, the journey made to important places in the history of the Church provides...

It has been a little longer than usual between our updates and now there is more than usual to report. These have been two exciting weeks. Last Friday, in Darien, friends and family of the monks gathered along with Fr. Cassian, Br. Augustine and myself...

Fr. Basil Nixen, OSB 18th Sunday after Pentecost Extraordinary Form September 18, 2016 In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Gospel reading today, says Saint Peter Chrysologus, shows that through His incarnation, Christ reveals divine wonders in the midst of human actions and...

By Fr. Basil Nixen, O.S.B. August 28, 2016 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Extraordinary Form Gal. 5: 25-26; 6: 1-10 Lk. 7: 11-16 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. In the Gospel that we just heard, Christ raises a young man from the...

Today we commemorate the 1 month anniversary of the earthquake. We monks might hear or read about tragic natural disasters and wars elsewhere and those have always been inspirations for prayer and conversion but this is our first experience of one in our very own...