By Elisabetta Povoledo The New York Times NORCIA, Italy — The Rev. Cassian Folsom was preparing to celebrate morning Mass one recent Sunday when suddenly the earth started trembling. “Stones and roof tiles started raining down on our heads,” he recalled. “It was a terrifying experience.” When the...

In addition to the story below, the Brewmonks were recently featured on FOX News. Watch the story here! Benedictine brewer-monks say beer, like God, just makes life better Originally posted on CRUXNOW.COM. By Ines San Martin ROME— Most people probably know that the Catholic Church gave Western civilization the...

This week, the first major shipment of Birra Nursia left the walls of the monastery and of Norcia and began its long journey to the United States. If you have already placed an order for Birra Nursia, your beer is on its way. Imagine the journey...

ALTADENA, California — Kerry Harahan of Altadena, Calif., discovered the Monks of Norcia on CBS Sunday Morning Jan. 17 while her daughter was channel surfing. The broadcast featured a piece on the monks’ chart-topping album Benedicta. As soon Harahan heard the Gregorian chant, she zeroed...

NORCIA, ITALY -- Beginning January 22 at 7am EST and following closely on the heels of the chart topping release of their Benedicta CD of Gregorian chant, the Monastery of San Benedetto is elated to announce the launch of the revised, revamped 2.0 version of...

NORCIA, ITALY – Celebrating three years of brewing, a new collaboration with the Italian craft-beer distributer Interbrau, as well as an increased level of production, the Monks of Norcia held a tasting and brewhouse tour Aug. 17 in the city of St. Benedict. This past year...

By Brother Philip Wilmeth When I started brewing beer together with my dad during my final two years of high school, I had no idea that I would wind up in Italy, brewing beer as a monk. I am not exactly sure why we even started brewing....

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even before retired Pope Benedict XVI set up a pontifical council for new evangelization and convoked a world Synod of Bishops on the theme, a new group of Benedictine monks was using Latin and liturgy to reach out to those whose...

A couple of years ago, I did a little research into the Lenten practice of monks of the 17th Century. Thirsty as I am, I focused on the origin story of the doppelbock style of beer. Legend has it that monks from Munich developed the...