The Monks of Norcia

Norcia is the birthplace of St. Benedict, the founder of western monasticism and patron saint of Europe. The Monks of Norcia, who guard the St. Benedict’s legacy there, lost their monastery and basilica in town after powerful earthquakes ravaged the region in 2016. The monks all survived, but are now working to restore a former Capuchin monastery on the mountainside overlooking the town to be their new permanent home.

Help them restore monastic life in Norcia by making a DONATION today!

Fr. Cassian Folsom, founder of the Monks of Norcia, will be leading a pilgrimage and spiritual retreat September 18 – 28, 2018. For a full itinerary and registration, visit In the Footsteps of St. Benedict Italy Pilgrimage or contact Maggie McDaniel at 419-290-8782 or email

A brief history on the Benedictine Monks of Norcia

+ Monks have lived in the mountains above the birthplace of St. Benedict for more than 15 centuries.

+ In 2007, the monks providentially acquired a rural, dilapidated 16th-century Capuchin monastery that had been abandoned since the 1960s.

+ Earthquakes ravaged central Italy in 2016, leaving the Monks of Norcia, the contemporary guardians of their saint-patron’s casa natale, his birth home, with their monastery in town in rubble.

+ First with tents, then with wooden temporary buildings, the monks’ rural grange has been the place of their monastic prayer and work since the earthquakes.

+ The monks have plans, approved by the Italian state, to restore their mountainside monastery.

+ The monks’ new permanent home, which will be outfitted with the latest anti-seismic technology so that monks and pilgrims will have a place to seek God for generations to come.

Find out more about the Monks of Norcia, who they are, and about their work brewing craft beer!

Help them rebuild by making a DONATION today!

Consider including a stop in Norcia, Umbria in your upcoming pilgrimage to Italy; Norcia is close to Cascia and Assisi. You will be assured of a warm welcome and hospitality from the Monks. If your group includes Norcia in their pilgrimage, Catholic Faith Journeys will gladly make a donation to support the Monks in their work of prayer and witness to God.