Monterosso in the background (Photo: Elizabeth)
Today I am writing you for help. It is something easy to do. It will only take a few minutes, and you can support a special place in Italy.
Convento dei Frati Cappuccini, Monterosso (photo: Monastery website)
What do we need? SIGNATURES.
Every year the Foundation has a “Luogo del Cuore”, contest. This “Place of the Heart” is a list of historic sites, which people support, that are in need of help. The place with the most votes will get help from the FAI Foundation.
The 5-Terre is a special area in Liguria and we have written about it a number of times in the past. A Monastery in one of these small towns needs help. The Convento dei Frati Cappuccini in Monterosso is searching for funding to fix a wall that was damaged last year. A portion of the 17th century wall, which supports the monastery’s vegetable garden and the vineyard, collapsed due to heavy rains. The repair work has stopped midway because of lack of funds.
Picturesque angle of the Monastery
There is one Franciscan monk who currently lives on the premises, Padre Renato. He does all he can to makes this place a living place, keeping the 17th century church open for visitors, offering liturgical services, and opening the monastery to spiritual retreats in the summer months. The day we visited the Padre had a funeral at 15.00, a baptism at 17.00 and then received us for an aperitivo at 18.30. What energy this man has! He showed us around the complex and even offered us homemade “blessed” wine and limoncello which he had made himself. While I am not necessarily a religious person, I do consider myself a spiritual person. This man’s spontaneity, energy, hope, and belief was incredible. He brought tears to our eyes. He really, really wants to keep the monastery open. And he is especially keen on getting signatures to obtain the necessary funding to finish this project.
At the moment this Monastery is ranked second in the “Places of the Heart” list. Signatures can now be added until November. It would be so wonderful it the Monastery could realize this greatly needed project.
Please try to help!
The place is listed as Convento dei Frati Cappuccini, Monterosso, and here is the link
Now I realize the site is in Italian, and I couldn’t find an English translation, but I encourage you to give it a go just the same.
Otherwise, the Monastery’s website has an English version and also a pdf signature form which can be printed out if you would prefer to sign the petition in another format.
Saint Francis and the Wolf
Grazie, Grazie, Grazie mille!
Post Elizabeth, Photos Elizabeth and Convento Monterosso’s website
Two women leaving soft footprints through city streets, country roads, and green mountain paths. Two friends with backgrounds in Fine Art Restoration and Art History who share an appreciation for simple pleasures and a passion for introducing others to Florence and beyond.
Angelica Turi - Tuscan, Licensed Environmental Guide. Elizabeth Namack - American, Licensed Tour Guide for Florence and Province
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