I know the mayor of Nursia, birthplace of, well, Benedict himself. He tells me there is once again a strong Benedictine presence in town, since a very energetic American prior arrived a few years ago with three monks in tow. Apparently this guy is charismatic and well structured: the town absolutely loves him and the priory is full with young novices.
They saw my RNext presentation and, long story short, we have an open invitation.
I would like @Ben Vickers to come with me and go talk to this prior. I would like to ask him deep stuff on commitment, obedience and getting things done. He does live by the Rule, and that of conforming to some kind of external set of instructions is and experience we are lacking – and we need it, I think, if we are to design our own Protocol.
I suggest we put together a small expedition of four and leave for Nursia on July 23rd, back on 25th. We should probably rent a car. One glitch is that my driver’s license is in the process of being renewed – not sure it will be ready by then, so we should include at least one person who drives in the expedition. Who is in? @NicoBis, are you perhaps interested from a documentary point of view?