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.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Video of the Vesture of Brother Joseph

On the occasion of his vesture, the new name of Bro. Joseph was imposed upon Bro. Martial to express his change of life. For all those who could not attend, we offer the moving video of the ceremony. It is a public statement of the brother's decision to devote his life to God for ever: "With the help of God, I hope and desire to persevere unto death in my sacred purpose" (Ritual of the taking of habit). You may watch it on Gloria.tv or on Youtube.

The Father Prior puts the monastic habit on the postulant saying: "May the Lord clothe thee in the new man, who is created by God in justice and in the holiness of truth".
From left to right: Father ZephyrinYankanda, from Bangui( Central African Republic); Rev. Father Jehan, Bro. Joseph; Bro. Toussaint; Bro. Andrew, and Father Tomaso, parish priest of Villatalla.