The Camaldolese Charism
Camaldolese Benedictine monks trace their heritage to the 6th century monastic traditions of Saint Benedict, as further defined in the 11th century by their founder, Saint Romuald.
The three elements of the Camaldolese charism are:
• Solitude for personal prayer and meditation
• Communal prayer and work within the monastery
• Contemplative outreach
Founded in 1027, the Hermitage at Camaldoli, Italy serves as the motherhouse of the Order. Today, Camaldolese monasteries are found on the continents of Asia, Africa, and North & South America in addition to Europe.
In 1958, the Camaldolese established New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA. The monks labors include hospitality, retreats, book store, writing, and original art, pottery and music. Many of the monks were called to monastic life as a second career. Former lay careers of community members include college and high school teaching, performing arts, engineering, clinical psychology, chemistry, construction and the military. Former religious careers include service as diocesan priests and as members of Benedictine, Franciscan, Salesian, Saint John of God and Redemptorist orders.
Incarnation Monastery was established by the Camaldolese in Berkeley, CA in 1979. Strategically located adjacent to the University of California Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, Incarnation serves as a house of studies for Camaldolese monks as well as an urban retreat center. The Incarnation Monastery Monastic Institute shares Benedictine spirituality with the GTU theological community.
Monastery of the Risen Christ
In March of 2013 the monastery was released from the founding affiliation of the Olivetan Congregation. In February of 2014 after many months of communication between the Benedictine Superiors of the Camaldolese Congregation and the Olivetan Congregation, the monastery has entered into a three year process of inclusion to be designated as as dependent monastic house of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California.