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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

At last, news from Villatalla!

Bishop Oliveri visiting Villatalla with Father Jehan
On 21 March, the feast of St Benedict, Bishop Oliveri, bishop of our diocese of Albenga-Imperia, grants us the great grace of giving our little community the status of monastery:
“By virtue of the present decree We hereby confer on the public clerical assocation called Monastery of Saint Catherine of Siena in Villatalla, in the diocese of  Albenga-Imperia, plublic legal personality (canon 116). […]

Hearthily we accompany this decree of our pastoral blessing on Father Jehan, on the members of the community and on all of those which will derive benefit from the monastic life and the benedictine spirituality by connecting with the Monastery of Saint Catherine of Siena.”
Decree of Bishop Oliveri raising the community to monastery Dom Jehan and the three first applicants around Don Tomaso Parish priest of Villatalla
Dom Jehan and the first three postulants around Don Tomaso,
Parish priest of Villatalla