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Dear friends and family,

There are times when the challenges we face in our daily lives and the situation in the world around us are so difficult that just managing to survive can seem like a great achievement. Birthdays and anniversaries allow us to celebrate some special occasions every year, regardless of the vicissitudes of life. And monks, like everyone else, also love these celebrations!
 
On August 16, with monks pouring brew for cheerful guests amid the bright sounds of Norcia’s local brass band, the monastery celebrated a special anniversary. Ten years ago, with the generous help of friends from all over the word, we launched Birra Nursia in a former garage of the ancient monastery in Norcia. The catalyst for this venture—the reading at table of “Brew like a Monk” by Stan Hieronymus—provoked a decisive response: "We’re monks, let's try!”
Today, the iconic label with the rose window of the Basilica of Norcia is now a permanent presence in the pantries of many homes. In these ten years, the beer has also been a way for many men and women to discover Norcia, St. Benedict, and even God.
Running a "family business" has also brought us headaches and worries that are not usually associated with monastic life. Who would have thought, ten years ago, that we would find ourselves tracking satellite images of container ships crossing the Atlantic to check the delivery time of our beer overseas!

These challenges, which urge us to trust in God more and more, have also helped to bring us closer to many of you who every day, just as St. Benedict encourages us to do, live "by the work of your hands." To all those who have enjoyed Birra Nursia we wish a happy anniversary.
 

Ut Laetificet Cor!
Dom Benedict Nivakoff, O.S.B.
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Summer in Norcia
A concert in the center of Norcia, featuring Vivaldi and reflections by the monks on the seasons of life.
The second-floor walls rose during the summer in the new monastery.
Meet Quarta (far left), a new addition to the monastic family.
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The Monks of Norcia
Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte
Via Case Sparse, 164
06046 Norcia, PG
Italy

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