St. Benedict (480 - 547) who established monasteries in Italy, provided the rule for his followers. The Benedictine Rule, while being influenced by the East, has as its foremost and fundamental source the Holy Scripture. It places emphasis on "Pray and Work". Benedict was well versed in both the Old and New Testaments. In addition to his saintly life, he is considered the Father of Europe. In the centuries following his death many Benedictine Monasteries have been founded in numerous countries.
Throughout the centuries, wherever Benedictine Monasteries were located, there have been cultural centers of music and art.
Holy Trinity Monastery belongs to the Olivetan Benedictines, whose Motherhouse is located outside Siena, Italy.
For more information on the Benedictines around the world, you are invited to check out these websites.
Abbazia Monte Oliveto Maggiore - HTM Motherhouse, also known as MOM
Pecos Abbey - Founding abbey of Holy Trinity Monastery
Information about the Benedictines
St. John's University - Collegeville, Minnesota - Saint John's Abbey
New Norcia Monastery - Western Australia
Benedictine Web Ring - introduction to numerous monasteries around the world.
Michelle's personal page on MOM