Monasteries and Confraternities

Footwear for clergy: how to walk comfortably on the path of faith

Footwear for clergy: how to walk comfortably on the path of faith

We can easily recognize priests and friars by the clothes they wear: the priest shirt and the friar tunic. Clergy clothing has its own rules and meaning, but footwear is also important. Let’s find out something more about that. An article dedicated to clergy footwear […]

Calendula cream: properties and benefits

Calendula cream: properties and benefits

Since their origins, monasteries have not only been centres for meeting and prayer, but also the guardians of ancient knowledge, bulwarks of faith and spirituality even in times when ferocity and barbarism dominated the known world. The fall of the Western Roman Empire (476 AD) […]

Tips for facing the winter: infusions, herbal teas and syrup

Tips for facing the winter: infusions, herbal teas and syrup

Winter is a season that is beautiful in its own way, full of suggestive atmospheres, a unique light, a harsh climate, but one that evokes a desire for warmth and comforting intimacy, which inevitably takes us back to our childhood, when winter meant snowball fights […]

The Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict

The Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict

The Order of St. Benedict covers all autonomous monasteries and congregations who live according to the rule established by St. Benedict of Norcia. That rule, drawn up by the Holy and asserted 1817 onwards is based on the motto Ora et labora, pray and work. […]

The monastic community of Camaldoli

The monastic community of Camaldoli

The Monastery of Camaldoli is in the heart of a secular forest, in one of the wild and impenetrable areas of the central Appennine ridge. It was built there in 1024, on the Tosco-romagnolo Apennines near Arezzo, by San Romualdo, a monk and Benedictine abbot, […]

A sweet gift for your baby: candy and confectionery from the Monasteries

A sweet gift for your baby: candy and confectionery from the Monasteries

Monasteries are not just places of gathering, spirituality, and prayer. Over the centuries the monks who lived there have deeply interacted with the surrounding area, learning to exploit its features and producing what’s necessary for their sustenance. Some monks decided to focus on a sweet […]

Oil 31: Uses, Benefits and Properties

Oil 31: Uses, Benefits and Properties

Oil 31 is a mixture of natural oils extracted from pharmaceutical plants. Made of 31 essential oils extracted from as many herbs, Oil 31 has many healing, refreshing, balsamic, toning and disinfecting properties. The many uses and benefits that this product can bring to our […]

Birth and evolution of confraternities: from Roman times to today

Birth and evolution of confraternities: from Roman times to today

Confraternities are associations of laic Christians who decide to gather together to promote aggregation, increase devotion and worship, and perform charity, penance and catechesis. They’ve existed since the origins of Christianity in Roman times, and quite likely the first confraternities took inspiration from secular institutions […]

The Dominican’s Rosary Movement

The Dominican’s Rosary Movement

The Dominican’s Rosary Movement shows both the desire for community devotion and the desire to promote Dominican Spirituality and the philosophy of love linked to the Holy Rosary. Dominicans daily lives involve searching for truth and intimacy with Jesus, pursued by daily actions, but above […]

The order of the Barefoot Carmelites

The order of the Barefoot Carmelites

The Barefoot Carmelites (or Discalced Carmelites) are nuns whose life is devoted to God by solemn vows. The order was founded in 1560 by a group of nuns following Saint Teresa of Jesus, a charismatic woman and religious figure, who wanted to breathe new life […]

The Fatebenefratelli: the friars of the Order of St. John of God Hospital

The Fatebenefratelli: the friars of the Order of St. John of God Hospital

Fatebenefratelli is the popular term used for the monks belonging to the Hospital Order of St. John of God. The name comes from the Italian phrase: “Do good to yourselves, brothers, for love of God” with which St John of God, founder of the order, […]