Fr Mark today visited Monte Casino, 5o years to the month after the Pope named St Benedict Patron of Europe.
Monte Casino is Benedict’s place of burial, laying has he does along side his sister Scholastica.
St Mary’s Priory was part of the ‘Order of St Benedict’. From the tenth to sixteenth century the black monks played an integral part in every aspect of life.
Fr Mark reflects, ” We have reached the end of our pilgrimage. A pilgrimage to the fount of the Benedictine movement. Here I will offer a prayer for our new interpretation of the rule of St Benedict – The Holywell Community. It has been such a privilege within weeks of the Community coming in to being to have been able to walk in the footsteps of the Holy Father Benedict, especially to have prayed for the Community in the Cave where he lived as a hermit and to preach in Monte Cassino .”