The Monastery of Saints Peter and Paul in Germagno (VB) is a Benedictine priory of the Sublacense-Cassinese Congregation and was founded in 1971. Located on the slopes of Mount Massone, it protrudes – as from a natural balcony – on Lake Orta. The community is currently made up of eleven monks who have been joined by eight “brothers and sisters in the world”, and a sister who lives a monastic commitment near the Monastery.
Even among the differences that an original vocation imposes, all the monks try to witness a single “community”, passionate for the good of each of its members, who are committed to living according to the prospects of that good zeal, which Benedict describes in chapter 72 of his Rule.
The community, and in it each one of the brothers, lives his search for God focusing his life on the essentials. Each day is marked by an intense rhythm of prayer which is the setting for the two periods of work of the monks.
Work is an essential element of the spiritual life of the monk. It is not only intended to support the community economically, but it is an instrument of human and spiritual growth. The quote “ora et labora”, which in tradition outlines the life of the monks, closely associates it to prayer because it can be lived as a place of communion with God and of participation in his creative work. An atmosphere of silence and immersion in nature favour this recollection.
Produced from seasonal fruit, mostly grown in the fields of the monastery and partly purchased from trusted suppliers, jams and marmalades offer a wide range of possible choices. With an assortment of 40 products, there is something for all tastes: from the most classic, to the most unusual combinations, from new and unexpected flavours, to those to be rediscovered, which recall a forgotten past. By carefully checking the quality of the starting fruit, not using pectin and limiting the addition of sugar to the minimum needed to reach the legal threshold, the high quality of the products is assured. Excellent and genuine preparations that preserve all the flavour of the raw ingredients.
Moreover, the monastery does not only produce sweet products but also sauces and broth preparations made with natural and selected ingredients, designed to flavour many recipes. In particular, broth preparations are a high-quality alternative to the common stock cube. They are real concentrates of meat, vegetables and aromatic herbs and they do not contain glutamate, yeast extract or other flavour enhancers.