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...

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...

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...