Thursday, October 18, 2018

Norcia Mass at Birthplace of St. Benedict Before the Devastating 2016 Earthquake

God bless the monks of Norcia.  I took these photos in 2015, just one year before the basilica was destroyed during the infamous earthquake.  And God bless our dear chaplain, Fr. William Ashley, who celebrated Mass in the crypt for our small band of Canadian pilgrims.  Little did we know that a year later the historic church and crypt would lay in a pile of rubble.  By God's grace, no lives were lost.  I wrote this short article to alert people the monks are rebuilding and fundraising in earnest:

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  1. Ah, the good Father Ashley. I remember the first time I heard him preach. He had the Italian of the interview that became the Ratzinger Report, and was translating, right there in the pulpit, and commenting. Impressive.