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...

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...

Many of you have by now heard of the earthquake that struck us during the night. The quake was a powerful one with a magnitude of 6.2. We've taken the past few hours to assess the situation. First: We are OK. We are alive, and there are no...