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...

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...

Monks have been making rounds in these days to the various tendopoli, that is, to camping centers with military grade tents for families who have lost their homes. It is becoming clearer that most of the damage was done in the countryside around Norcia to the...

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....