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...

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...

After 3 weeks of patiently waiting for the aftershocks to cease and the assurance from engineers of its safety, the monks began offering sung Conventual Mass in the scavi area on Sunday, with solemn Mass to commemorate the occasion. The Mass was said at a portable...

A beautiful sign of new life occurred this week, even amidst the ruins as two men were clothed as novices, one from Spokane, WA, one from England. These two have entered the community at a time of great challenges, but also a time of many...

For the last week or so the “town monks" living in the remaining useable parts of the monastery (opposed to the "country monks," living outside the city walls overlooking the town) have been making visits to the townspeople to see how they are doing after...