“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ. And may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”Rule of Benedict, ch. 72.
Prior Rev. Fr. Jerome OSB
Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery
Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery belongs to the Benedictine Congregation of the Annunciation of the Order of Saint Benedict. Asirvanam, the very first monastery of the Benedictines in India, founded by St. Andrew’s Abbey, Belgium, was canonically established by the Holy See in 1952. The community today has a strength of 50 members with 35 priests and others being in various stages of formation.
The monks are from different states of India and lead a life of unity in diversity, with English as community language. We also have daughter houses in the states of Karanataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
The life in the monastery is described by St. Benedict as “the School of the Lord’s service.” Thus various activities of the community are organized so as to achieve this goal. Founded solidly on the motto of the Order, “ora et labora” that is, “Prayer and Work”, we have different activities like, the ministries of parish, retreat preaching, education, publication, counseling and guided retreat, Christian formation of the youth, farming and any and every activity that would help the people of God to achieve the dignity of the children of God.
The community encourages each member to develop his natural creative talents and use them for the good of the community and the people around us.
We do welcome men who are seriously seeking God, who are prayerful, hardworking and who want to live a community life.
Asirvanam Benedictine retreat centre is one of the oldest retreat centres in Bangalore. When we came to Kengeri in 1957 many people requested us to have a retreat house so that they could come and stay with monks and pray.
The Community of Asirvanam is a community of Benedictine monks striving to live a simple and genuine and full monastic life according to the Rule of St. Benedict . As members of The Benedictine Congregation of the Annunciation, we seek to remain faithful to our authentic tradition continually revitalized by the Holy Spirit.
St Benedict's Academy
St Benedict’s Academy is a Roman Catholic Benedictine school run by the monks of Asirvanam Benedictine Monastery. It has its roots in the values of the Gospel of Christ and the more than 1500 year old Benedictine tradition of schooling.
We have a publication to spread the spirituality of St. Benedict and encourage monks’ intellectual works. Books are available at monster’s books stall.
Asirvanam Benedictine Daughter Houses
Monastery at Eluru in AP
St Benedict’s Monastery at Eluru in AP
Monastery at Passukkadavu in Kerala
St Benedict’s Monastery at Passukkadavu in Kerala
Monastery at Sivagange in Tamil Nadu
St Benedict’s Monastery at Sivagange in Tamil Nadu