Day 5 – Umbria: Things Benedictine and Franciscan

This morning we left Rome for Norcia, where there is a new monastic community in that place said to be the birthplace of St Benedict. The weather has really cooperated. It has poured rain but it let up just as we arrived.

I’ll post some pics and fill in some blanks later.

Okay… my photos aren’t loading. This is Italy after all.

More later about our time in Norcia and then Assisi.

Keep checking and I will revise as I can.



The computer that runs the monks’ podcasts of their monastic hours!






I have had some trouble uploading.

We also went to Assisi.





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  1. KevinSymonds says:

    Please send my best to the monks in Norcia, Fr. Z!

  2. jmoran says:

    Father Z, please say a short prayer to St. Benedict for all of us while you’re in Norcia for a good death. It would be much appreciated.

  3. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Bl. Angela of Foligno had her canonization approved by Pope Francis! Woohoo!

    Folks can read an English translation of The Book of Divine Consolation on, and Librivox has a public domain audiobook too.

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Oops. I misunderstood. Pope Francis just decreed her a saint as of today — no canonization Mass required. I guess he must be a fan of the “Mistress of Theologians.”

  5. mimicaterina says:

    Well the rain let up in Assisi in the afternoon. I figured it had something to do with you being here ????

  6. lsclerkin says:

    I’ve started praying today to afford their pilgrimage next year.
    I luuuv St. Benedict. :)
    Got their calendar.

    Ora et labora :)

  7. Gratias says:

    Dear Father Z, I do hope you can stay in Rome until October 26 to report on the mass of the pilgrimage of the people of Summorum Pontificum, which you covered so well last year.

  8. Art says:

    How is the Birra Nursia? Did you get to try it out?

  9. James Joseph says:

    I think I would very much like to give up my bank accounts and land and be a monk in Norcia; call it a life. At age 36, I am over the typical age limit.

  10. Liz says:

    Thanks for persevering about uploading the photos, Fr. Z. It is really interesting to see them.

  11. Lori Pieper says:

    I’ve only been to Assisi twice and for all too brief a period each time — but still somehow I feel it is my true hometown. The photos make me homesick.

    Suburbanbanshee that is fantastic news about Angelo of Foligno, thanks for sharing it. She is a Secular Franciscan, and all of us in the order are going to be rejoicing. (Funny, they can’t quite determine whether she was a secular or a Regular, which is also true of Elizabeth of Hungary, about whom I did my dissertation)

  12. Lin says:

    We have been to Asissi twice and would love to go back. On our last trip we purchased a couple of prints by Norberto of the monks. There is nothing like a pilgrimage in Italy to make you feel like you are in Heaven on earth! God bless you Father Z!

  13. There you are with our dear friend, Brother Francis, the Master Brewer. He looks well. I will snatch this photo, if you don’t mind. :0) It is a keeper.

  14. Elizabeth D says:

    What fun!

    The only thing I know about Angela of Foligno, whose writings I have never gotten around to, is she was a big influence on St Teresa of Avila, enough so that her nickname/code name in her letters with the Carmelite friar she was closest to (Jerome Gratian) was “Angela” presumably as a comparison of Teresa to Angela of Foligno.

  15. Bea says:

    Interesting to see.
    One of my sons was there a few years ago.
    I understand there is a monk there from our home state.
    I assume you tried their beer?
    Bottoms up.

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