From The Prior’s Desk

  • In the monastery, fasting begins in September, gets a little more rigorous in Lent, and makes one final intensification in Holy Week. That means we can take comfort with all the more joy in the Octave of Easter which ended Sunday and the 40 days...

In patientia vestra possidebitis animas vestra. That is one of the antiphons we monks sing frequently from the common of martyrs: In much patience (a word whose root also gives us the word 'suffering') you will win your souls, your salvation. The antiphon of course refers...

(Above Photo: Tiberio Barchielli/Governo Italiano - Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri) As the monks slowly but steadily get back to routine, these updates too will be less frequent. Your prayers and financial support in this critical time have helped us to get on our feet and allowed...

Fuori Le Mura, meaning Outside the Walls in Italian, where we've set up our makeshift dormitory and chapel, overlooks the town of Norcia. In a way, it provides us a beautiful vantage point from which we can pray over the people of this place and...

Fr. Cassian Folsom 15th Sunday After Pentecost August 28, 2016 Lk. 7: 11-16 Our experience over these last few days is a little like that of the people of Nain. It is the experience of death. Many of our neighbors on the other side of the mountains, have experienced death....

Buona Domenica, as the Italians say to wish one another a happy Sunday. For us, it was indeed a blessed one, as for the first time since the earthquake, we have a safe and worthy little chapel to offer the Holy Mass in private (the...

We are deeply grateful for the Tipiloschi family, a lay Catholic fraternity from the nearby town of San Benedetto del Tronto, for their extraordinary generosity. They turned up today in large numbers to help us begin what will prove to be a long reconstruction effort....

This will be a shorter update since we’ve been very busy today responding to journalists and townspeople, politicians and bishops, all wanting to help us in their own way, and we are grateful to all of them. Inspectors finally came and as expected declared the church...

The St. Bartholomew Earthquake By Fr. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B.   Wednesday, August 24th was the feast of St. Bartholomew, which meant that Matins was scheduled to begin at 3:45 am.  Around 3:30 – when all of us were already up, thanks be to God – the earthquake hit. ...

Day 2 in Norcia has brought new challenges and a better sense of the damage, both physical and spiritual. The community departed Wednesday afternoon, 12 hours after the earthquake hit, for a temporary stay (Deo Volente, just 3 or 4 days) at St. Anselmo. While we hope...

After a careful study of the developing seismic situation in our region of Italy, as a precautionary measure, we have decided to temporarily transfer our community to Rome. The monks of the international Benedictine headquarters at St. Anselmo in Rome have kindly offered our monks a...