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

News From Peru

First Profession of Br José Luis Sánchez Espinoza

Br José Luis Sánchez Espinoza made his First Profession as a monk of the Monastery of the Incarnation during the Conventual Mass celebrated by Fr Abbot on the Solemnity of St Benedict, 21st March 2015. Br José Luis is 31 years' old and comes from the northern Andean province of Cajamarca. He recently spent 5 months of his noviciate at Belmont, so is well known to the Belmont Community, its oblates and neighbours.

First two Peruvian Oblate Novices

On the Patronal Feast of the Monastery of the Incarnation, 25th March 2015, our first two Peruvian candidates became Oblate novices during the Conventual Mass celebrated by Fr Abbot. Sra Marlene Ching and Sr José Merino will make their noviciate under the new Oblate Master, Fr Alex Echeandía. There are several other lay people who have expressed an interest in becoming oblates, thus associating themselves more closely to the monastery and its spiritual life.

New Novice in Peru
On 15th October, at the Monastery of the Incarnation, Pachacamac, Peru, Fr Abbot clothed Br Ascencio Quispe Ynquillay in the habit of the English Benedictine Congregation. So Br. Ascencio, who is 25 years' old, began his novitiate, which will last two years. Br Ascencio was born in the village of Machacca, in the Province of Quispicanchi near Cuzco. Quechua, the language of the Incas, is his native tongue, but he also speaks fluent Spanish. He has been at the monastery as an Aspirant and then a Postulant since January 2013 and will continue his monastic formation under Dom Mario Sosa Amay, the Novice Master. We congratulate Br Ascencio and pray for his perseverance in the monastic life as a monk of the Incarnation.

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On 8th March Br Percy Gonzales and Br Juan Edgar Tuesta began their studies in Theology with a view to priestly ordination. They will be studying at the Diocesan Seminary of Chosica from Monday to Friday, spending the weekends at the monastery in Pachacamac. Br Percy had previous studied Philosophy at the same seminary, while Br Juan Edgar studied in the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Lima. We wish them both all the very best in their studies.

Photos from Peru