The Banda del Corvo e della Colomba – formerly Cascina San Benedetto – is a small group of Catholic faithful who have chosen to live following the inspiration offered by the Rule of St. Benedict and the life of the Benedictine monks, that in all things, God may be glorified (1 Pt, 4:11).
Pursuing this goal, in 2020 we settled in the mountains overlooking Norcia, Italy, the birthplace of the father of Western monasticism and his sister St. Scholastica. Here we hope to cultivate a life that is both simple and free from distractions, so that our thoughts and actions can be more and more turned to Christ.
We regularly visit the nearby Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte. There, we attend Holy Mass and the Divine Office.
By invoking the symbols of the raven (corvo) and the dove (colomba), our name calls to mind two distinct images from our Catholic tradition.
First, in the Book of Genesis, the raven and the dove are the two animals that Noah uses to probe the level of the water after the flood.
The raven and the dove are also the traditional iconographic attributes of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. In the second book of his Dialogues, St. Gregory the Great tells us that a raven helped St. Benedict to get rid of the poisoned bread that was sent to him by a priest envious of his holiness. In the same book, we learn that when St. Scholastica died, St. Benedict saw her soul rise to heaven in the form of a dove.
We are in the early phases of starting a small, parent-run school in which our children can receive an education that is fully rooted in the faith and moral teaching of the Catholic Church.
You can help us in our effort to start the school by making a donation. We pray every day for our benefactors.
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