Rome, 15 February 2018
The Dignitatis Humanae Institute yesterday signed a pioneering accord with the Italian Ministry for Culture to become the official Leaseholder of the ancient Abbey of Trisulti (situated 75 miles south-east of Rome).
The original monastery, whose ruins still stand nearby, was built in AD 996. Pope Innocent III ordered the current structure built in 1204 after the Virgin Mary appeared to a hermit in the grotto beneath what later became the monastery, and whose appearance produced a miraculous spring which still runs to this day. Innocent’s summer palace was the building that today includes a national library of some 38,000 volumes.
Presiding Abbot of the Cistercian Congregation of Casamari, Dom Eugenio Romagnuolo O.Cist — of the outgoing community — is an active member of the DHI’s Board of Trustees, thus ensuring continuity with the past as Trisulti goes forward into the future under its new leadership.
H.E. Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, Honorary President of the DHI, said:
“I would like to thank Caterina Bon Valsassina and her colleagues on the Adjudicating Commission at the Ministry for Culture for their competence and diligence with which they have performed their difficult task, and we are proud and honoured to have been selected. I would also like to thank Minister Dario Franceschini for his pioneering policy of cooperation between the Ministry and private institutions for the greater promotion of the common good.”
DHI Board Member Mgr. Roberto de Odorico added:
“I warmly look forward in the years ahead to the DHI’s working closely with the competent authorities to ensure the preservation of this historic patrimony of Italy — and indeed of the whole world.”
DHI Board Member Abbot Eugenio Romagnuolo said:
“I am truly delighted that after many years of planning and preparation, the DHI is embarking on this exciting new chapter in its development. The DHI has a massive plan of renewal and regeneration for Trisulti, whose monastic history goes back a thousand years.”
Benjamin Harnwell, President of the Board of Trustees, said:
“Trisulti will be the home of a number of projects that underscore the fact that man is made in the image and likeness of God, and that recognition of the imago Dei is the cornerstone of the Judaeo-Christian foundations of Western Civilisation. We are praying for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary over this new chapter in our mission as we go forward.”