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Santuario di Oropa Monastery in
The Sacro Monte di Oropa is a Roman Catholic devotional complex in
the comune of Biella, Piedmont, northern Italy. It is one of the
nine Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy and is on the UNESCO World
Heritage list. Construction began in 1617, near the pre-existing
Sanctuary of Black Virgin of Oropa, one of the oldest in Piedmont
and one of the best known in the region of the Alps. The sanctuary
makes its own chocolate and biscuits in case the 13 restaurants in
the area don’t have enough food for you. Rooms range from the
austere to the opulent, with period furnishings and private suites.
Doubles from $60 in the low season. Suites from $100.
Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk
On the banks of the Kennebunk River, a short walk from Kennebunk
Beach, and adjacent to the Franciscan Monastery property, the
Franciscan Guest House is a truly unique cultural, spiritual and
environmental gem in the heart of coastal Maine. Arthur Frommer
features the Guest House as a favorite “Harborside Hideaway of
Maine” in the June 2004 issue of Budget Travel Magazine. Overnight
guests may stay at one of the five Franciscan guest houses, with
accommodations ranging from standard rooms to multi-room suites -
all including a full homemade Lithuanian breakfast.
Mount Saviour Monastery in
Pine City, New York
The Monastery of Mount Saviour is a community of monks
striving to live a simple, genuine and full monastic life
according to the Scriptures and the Rule of St. Benedict. As
members of an autonomous monastery of Pontifical rite within
the Benedictine confederation, we seek to remain faithful to
our authentic tradition continually revitalized by the Holy
Spirit. Fr. Damasus Winzen and three companions came to a
wooded hill outside Elmira NY, which they name Mount Saviour
in honor of our Saviour's Transfiguration.The new monastery
was not to be divided into 'choir monks' and 'lay brothers'
as has been the custom in recent centuries. The monks share
equal opportunities and equal burdens of work, study and
prayer. The monks utilize 250 acres of the land for raising
sheep and producing market lambs, yarn and pelt products
while many other acres serve as a woodlot.
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Pluscarden Abbey is the home of a community of Catholic Benedictine
monks. It is the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited
by monks and being used for its original purpose. Situated six miles
south-west of Elgin in Moray, the monastery enjoys the peace and
stillness of a secluded glen, but is easily reached by road from the
town. The atmosphere of quiet reflection and of work dedicated to
the glory of God is the same now as it was in the thirteenth
century, when a community of monks first came to this part of Moray.
If you visit the Abbey today, you can enjoy not only the beauty of
its architecture and its setting but also something of the restful
atmosphere of devotion that has so deeply permeated this little
corner of Scotland. Guests are received in the two guest houses: men
and women of all faiths are welcome to make a retreat here and to
share in the prayer and work of the community.
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New Norcia, Australia
The Benedictine Community of New Norcia is the
official title of the group of Roman Catholic monks
who have owned and operated the small town of New
Norcia, which is located north of Perth in
Australia, since 1847. New Norcia is Australia’s
only monastic town, with the Monastery, where the
monks live, work and pray, at its heart. The monks
of New Norcia live according to the guidance and
rhythms of The Rule of St Benedict, which has been
followed by monks since the sixth century AD. Monks
who do so are referred to as ‘Benedictines’.
In keeping with St Benedict’s Rule of hospitality
for guests, the Monastery Guesthouse is a place of
retreat for individuals and groups from all walks of
life and beliefs seeking to quietly share the simple
life, prayer and rhythms of the Benedictine monastic
community of New Norcia.