13 November 2009

The Monks of Norcia Italy

I learned about a new community of Benedictine monks in Norica, Italy. One of their newly ordained priests is from the Twin Cities and he will be coming to the area to celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving in the Extraordinary Form and my sons will be serving for him.

They are a relatively new community located at the birthplaces of Sts Benedict and Scholastica. Earlier this year they were given the apostolic mission of celebrating the Holy Eucharist, "in utroque usus." here is the text of the letter sent by Cardinal Hoyos,

Very Reverend Father Prior:

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, from the very beginning of his pontificate, has made known his desire to foster the unity of the Church. As in the past so also today, the careful celebration of the Sacred Mysteries is a most efficacious instrument for achieving this goal.

For this reason, fatihful to the intentions of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, this Pontifical Commission, responding to your request, entrusts to the Monastery of San Benedetto in Norcia the special apostolate of the celebration of the HolyEucharist “in utroque usu”, that is, both in the ordinary as well as the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, in collaboration with the Holy See and in communion with the diocesan bishop.

I am confident that your young Benedictine community will always support the pastoral activity of the Supreme Pontiff with faithful prayer,

With my best Easter wishes,

Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos,
President Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”

They have daily recordings of their Conventual Mass in the EF which you can listen to on their website, The Monks of Norcia.


John said...

The Monastery of San Benedetto in Norcia is one of my favorite monasteries and I like to follow them by keeping an eye on their web site and newsletter. And this honor (of doing both forms) recognizes the bridge often provided by the Benedictines.

Cavaliere said...

I once saw a book about living the Rule of St. Benedict in your daily life. It gave practical applications of what we might do. Of course I didn't buy it and now can't find it again. Any thoughts or recommendations?

ProNorcia said...

Caviliere, you can search worldcat.org for this book, but will probably find many more on the topic than the specific one you've referenced. WorldCat also tells you how close you are to the nearest library that owns a copy. Let me know if you need further help finding this book.

Cavaliere said...

Thanks ProNorcia, I will give it a try.


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