Common Questions

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The Congregation of Montecorona has around sixty members in eight hermitages.

Except for this website, the information about the Camaldolese Hermits of Montecorona is fairly limited. We recommend the books we have published, especially the book Camaldolese Extraordinary.

You can find our weekly psalter for the Liturgy of the Hours here. We do not use music. Our Mass is the new rite in the vernacular.


Yes. Your prayer intention will be commended to the brethren at the customary time: in the Prior’s announcements in the Saturday evening chapter.

Our founder, Saint Romuald; our legislator and doctor of the Church, Saint Peter Damian; and our reformer, Blessed Paul Giustiniani.

When Saint Romuald founded Camaldoli, it had 5 members. And Blessed Paul’s first hermitages had 5-7 members. So a house with a handful of monks is in agreement with our tradition.

We are the reformed branch of the Camaldolese tree. The two hermitages belong to two different congregations, whose major superiors meet annually. The congregations also share a common liturgical ordo.

We have only hermitages, with no cenobitical monasteries. We profess the Rule of Benedict, but we do not belong to the Benedictine order.

With us, following the Second Vatican Council, both priests and brothers are choir religious and have similar work responsibilities, whereas the Carthusian life divides choral and manual labor roles between the Fathers and the Brothers. In addition, our community size tends to be much smaller and our liturgy simpler.

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