Our Inspiration

The initial inspiration of the new monastery crystallized for Fr. Cassian on the feast of St. Bruno, October 6, 1995, while he was sitting in a train from Rome to Napoli. He immediately jotted down the following points:


  1. The restoration of man by the worship of God;
  2. The radical gift of self to Jesus Christ in the monastic way of life according to the Rule of St. Benedict: Nihil amori Christi praeponere (RB 4:21);
  3. The common life of brothers as described in the Acts of the Apostles (they were of one heart and one mind);
  4. Full monastic observance, including vigils and fasting;
  5. The integration of prayer, study, manual labor;
  6. Liturgical life:
    1. Divine Office: as prescribed in the Rule;
    2. Mass and Office in Latin, with Gregorian chant;
  7. Love of the Church:
  8. Cultivation of the attitude sentire cum ecclesia;
    1. Drinking deeply from the streams of the living tradition;
    2. Faithfulness to the Magisterium, filial devotion to the Holy Father;
    3. A truly catholic, i.e. universal spirit (acquired from being founded in Rome, at the heart of the Church);
  9. Apostolic work, our contribution to the new evangelization: intellectual, clerical, and manual work in service to the universal Church;
  10. Marian consent: openness to the will of God after the model of Mary’s fiat.