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News from Norcia! I warmly urge you to visit their site, check out their donation page, and consider joining their beer club. Speaking of beer, be sure to look at what they have going … below. Dear friends, In moments … Read More
For the sake of a wider audience, the latest from the Benedictine “Beer” Monks of Norcia, where the terrible recent earthquakes changed, and ended, lives. […] All of Norcia is the same; it’s like a war zone. There are military … Read More
The Benedictine Monks of Norcia are doing wonderful things. They put sermons and singing of the hours online. They have a great Gregorian chant disc. They make exquisite beer. They have helped the town of Norcia revive. There will … Read More
The marvelous monks of Norcia, Italy, have a job opening for a Director of Communications. Wow. It’s a new era of the world when a monastery needs a director of communications. Once upon a time, monks reached out to the … Read More
Here is some great news. The wonderful Benedictine Monks in Norcia, Italy (they make the best beer you may ever have), are releasing a new Gregorian Chant CD on 2 June. It is available for pre-sale now. Click HERE It is … Read More
I received some great news today. The Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy have finished recording some 30 tracks for a forthcoming music CD of Gregorian Chant. The target time for release is early June 2015. I will post links as … Read More
When I have posted about good causes that need support (read: money) you readers have always been prompt and generous. Were every reader of this blog to give up buying their coffee or a sandwich today and make a donation… … Read More
The fruits of Vatican II continue to enrich our lives. From Clerical Whispers: Oldest Benedictine convent in United States to close The members of the oldest Benedictine convent in the United States have decided to close their convent, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. St. … Read More
Sometimes people ask me for ideas about good groups to whom they can donate money, especially at this time of the year. First, please use my donation button! That’s the only way this blog can exist. There is a donation button … Read More
Good story from the STrib. Blue Cloud Abbey monastery sold to group of Catholic buyers from South Dakota and Minnesota Article by: CARSON WALKER , Associated Press Updated: November 20, 2013 – 6:50 PM SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Six Catholic … Read More
Here’s one for the Just Too Cool file. The Benedictines in Norcia (ancient Nursia), whom I mention with some frequency here (they post their chanted monastic hours online), have inaugurated their new beer. A friend who is involved with … Read More
I think the Benedictine monks at Norcia are wonderful. They revived the Benedictine tradition, in a traditional way, in the place where St. Benedict is said to have been born. They make available, on demand, recordings of some of their … Read More
At NLM I saw a nice photo of Benedictines at Randol in France in their usual mode of concelebration. I approve. Included is a link to a film, Noir et Blanc, about the monastic life of the Benedictines at the Abbey … Read More
There is a great 5 minute video about Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma. It is well worth your time. There is a brief, though annoying, ad before the video starts. Clear Creek Abbey Work Day from clearcreekabbey on GodTube.
Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! I often listen to the hours sung by the monks at Le Barroux. Today for Sext the melody of the usual text of the hymn Rector potens verax Deus was strikingly beautiful. Here it … Read More
For your Just Too Cool file, the great Benedictines monks in Norcia, Italy (the place where it is said St. Benedict was born) are making BEER! Birra Nursia! I often go to their website to listen to the office chanted. … Read More
I sometimes listen the podcasts of the Benedictine monks at Norcia, in Italy. They record and post on demand recordings of their hours and Mass. Alas, they tend to go flat, a problem many groups have when singing psalms and … Read More
For your Brick by Brick file… I wrote in the past about the wonder CD of Gregorian chant by the Benedictine nuns of Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation. I wrote about the DVD, Watchmen of the Night, the monks at … Read More
A while back I posted about the Benedictine nuns who signed a recording contract. Read that here. If you are a user of amazon.co.uk (the UK store for Amazon) you can pre-order their Gregorian chant CD. Click here. I am … Read More