A new community of strict observance in the Benedictine tradition was born on July 2nd 2008 in Villatalla, a small Italian village located in Liguria on the heights of Imperia, very near to Ventimiglia and the French border (see map).
This community was founded by two monks originally from the abbey of Le Barroux (France), at the request made to them by His Excellency Mario Oliveri, bishop of Albenga-Imperia. Here you will find information on this monastic project and some of the events which marked their recent installation.
This information is above all an appeal to the charity of your prayer and, for those who can, a request for material help. Heartfelt thanks.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas in Liguria

In spite of the freezing winter which has come over Italy (it is often 5°C—in the forties Fahrenheit—in our church), the sun sometimes puts in an appearance over our land of Liguria and leaves the chastity and beauty of its landscape untouched.

We are able to provide as a witness this wonderful winter sunrise where you can see Corsica and its mountains on the edge of the horizon.

These flaming colours inspired our Christmas card, done by a computer whiz friend, Francine Carpentier, who has by this modern means also come to the defence of the memory and the honour of Pope Pius XII. See these remarkable videos by clicking these links: Première Partie ; Deuxième Partie ; Troisième Partie.