Today I read the newsletter from the wonderful Benedictine monks at Norcia, in Italy. These are traditional Benedictines, a high American component, who make wonderful beer, Birra Nursia, in the place where St. Benedict was born. You will recall that earthquakes brought their church and house down a few years back. They’ve been rebuilding in the hills.
The monks have a beer club to which you can subscribe. This is how they keep putting up their monastery brick by brick.
In this newsletter we see about the Solemn Vows of three monks, news about a new online store for their beer for Europe, and see photos of their church, Our Lady of Mercy, which is now open.
What I found particularly interesting with the list of the books read during meals in the refectory during 2020. One could do a lot worse for a reading program for part of 2021.
These are wonderful monks. They have wonderful beer. Helping them helps yourself. Rising tides, and all that.
Sign up and tell them that Fr. Z sent you!
The monks reached out to me and said that for every FIVE new Club members who sign up and reference “Father Z” in the “Notes about your Order” line, I will get a free case of beer to share with my priest friends.
Their beers are available in both in .75 liter bottles in cases of 6 and of 12. You can get 1 case per month or 1 case every other month.
I noted that the “Slow Food” movement in Italy has taken notice of the beer. That’s a major endorsement.
Here are a couple ideas.
Pastors of parishes and priests: I’m sure you have to entertain once in a while, perhaps fellow priests, perhaps some parish event like a fundraising supper. Think about providing BIRRA NURSIA from these great monks.
Parish organizations, Knights of Columbus, etc.: Ditto! This beer is as Catholic as it gets and you would be providing support to the monks in Norcia.