The Basilica of San Benedetto, is built over the birthplace of St Benedict and St Scholastica.
The Basilica opens each day at 8:20 AM and closes at 8:15 PM. (Closed Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM)


Guests and pilgrims who wish to come and spend some time in prayer with the monks are always welcome. We have a small guesthouse where we can accommodate men who wish to closely follow our life. If you wish to reserve a room, please contact the guestmaster at:


There are several ways to arrive in Norcia:
For train schedules to Spoleto, visit
For bus schedules from Spoleto to Norcia, click here.

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Meeting the Monks

Fr. Cassian is the Prior and founder of the monastery. He was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Connecticut and became a monk at St. Meinrad Archabbeyin 1979. Fr Cassian was ordained a priest in 1984, received his doctorate in liturgy in Rome in 1989 and became the president of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in 1992. He founded the monastery in a small apartment in Rome in 1998 and moved the community to Norcia in the year 2000 at the invitation of the Archbishop of Spoleto-Norcia.


Solemnly Professed monks include:

Fr. Benedict Nivakoff, O.S.B. (Subprior) New Canaan, CT, USA
Fr. Basil Nixen, O.S.B. (Dean) Yuma AZ, USA
Fr. Thomas Bolin, O.S.B. Mason City, IA, USA
Br. Mary John McKenzie, O.S.B. St. Louis, MO, USA  
Br. Anthony Zemenick, O.S.B. Dallas, TX, USA
Don Ignazio Prakarsa, O.S.B. Jakarta, Indonesia
Br. Mary Evagrius Hayden, O.S.B. Butte, MT, USA

Other monks in the community come from all over the world, including the following places:

Irving, TX, USA
Flores, Indonesia
Sidney, OH, USA
Campos, Brazil
La Spezia (SP), Italy