The Monks of Norcia sustained the destruction of their monastery and basilica after the October 2016 Earthquake. The monks all survived, but are now living in temporary tent housing over winter.
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In the 8th century, an oratory was built so pilgrims could pray at the place of St. Benedict’s birth. Monks came to Norcia in the 10th century, and remained in one form or another until 1810, when they were forced to flee under the new laws of the Napoloeonic Code. The current Benedictine community was founded in Rome on September 3, 1998, without being conditioned by previous historical circumstances. These original monks transferred from Rome to Norcia on December 2, 2000, in the great Jubilee Year, becoming The Benedictine Monks of Norcia. They were charged by Rome to care for the Basilica of San Benedetto (built over the birthplace of St Benedict and St Scholastica) and for the many visiting pilgrims. The Benedictines of Norcia see themselves as humble instruments for the necessary New Evangelization of Europe. The Benedictine Monastery of Norcia is also known as the Benedictine monastery Maria Sedes Sapientiae (“Mary Seat of Wisdom”). In February 2012, the Monastery was canonically established under the supervision of the Abbot Primate in the International Benedictine Confederation.
Early in 2012, the Monks of Norcia established a brewery in an renovated warehouse. They hosted a grand opening celebration on August 15, 2012 — the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The name for the beer is “Birra Nursia”, which uses the Latin name for the city of Norcia. The motto of the brewery is taken from the Psalms: “ut laetificet cor” (“that the heart might be gladdened”). In complete harmony with the centuries old tradition, the Monks of Norcia have sought to share with the world a product which came about in the very heart of the monastic life, one which reminds us of the goodness of creation and the potential that it contains.
Find out more about the Monks of Norcia, who they are, what they do and what they brew!