In 1981 three monks of Belmont began monastic life at Tambogrande in the north of Peru at the invitation of the Archbishop of Piura.

In August 2006 the community moved to Pachacamac in the Diocese of Lurin, less than an hour south of Lima.

The latest news can be found on the monastery's website (in Spanish) with wonderful photographs of the new monatery.

Monasterio de la Encarnacion Website

Fr David also writes a blog in English, with news of the monastery and his refections on monastic life as it is lived round the world today.

Monks and Mermaids Blog

On 8th June, during a short visit to the monastery at Pachacamac, Fr Abbot bestowed the Ministry of Acolyte on Brs. Percy, Wilmer and Juan Edgar. The simple but significant ceremony took place during the Conventual Mass.

There are now two excellent young men living at the monastery as aspirants for the monastic life. Br Ascensio, who is from Cuzco and speaks Quechua, has now completed his aspirancy and hopes to become a postulant very soon. He is 25 years' old and, among other things, is an excellent chef. Br Jaime, aged 35, is from Arequipa and he has only just begun his aspirancy. Before coming to the monastery he had a successful career, but is pleased to be able to dedicate his life now to the search for God. We pray for their perseverance.
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Photos from Peru