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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Prayers for vocations

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, model of the consecrated life

It is now a year and a half since we were invited by Mgr Oliveri to transplant the monastic life into Villatalla. Thanks to numerous friends and benefactors, we hope to finish setting up house soon. But at the moment, what we need more than material help are your prayers, so that the Lord will send us solid vocations as pioneers of the foundation.
Say an Ave every day for Vocations for Villatalla. Thank you!

We ask you, who are reading our blog with kindness and charity, for this alms of an Ave every day for this intention.

We were hoping soon for the presence of Brother Ansgar Santogrossi, who had come to spend the past two summers with us and had intended to remain with us for good this year. Man proposes and God disposes, and Providence has now decided otherwise. As for Brother Egidio-Marie, who made a six-month trial with the community, he has finally decided to return among his brothers the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.

We find ourselves then only two again, Brother Toussaint and myself, to carry out the daily tasks and chant the entire Divine Office as well as conventual Mass. It makes me remember the beginning of Bedoin in 1970, a beginning which called for always a great generosity and constancy.
With the grace of God, everything is possible, but prudence teaches that it isn’t wise to put too much strain on “Brother Ass” (as St. Francis called the body). Your prayers to obtain vocations are the most necessary and most precious help that you can offer us for the development in number and fervor of this community which is still in the process of coming into existence.

We are expecting, true, three postulants for spring and summer. May Heaven grant that they are made for us! Now then, your Ave! We thank you with all our hearts.

Brother Jehan, mbi