Departure from Valleluce
After about 15 years (994), the number of brothers increased and the cella of Sant'Angelo reached a high level of prestige, notoriety and prosperity. Aligerno, who died on November 23, 985, was succeeded the following year by the abbot Mansone, who neglected the observance of the monastic rules and enjoyed the wealth that the monastery had. As a result, even the Benedictine and the Basilian communities from that moment began to suffer from this decline. Indeed, some monks in Valleluce became unobservant of the precepts and negligent in the Divine Liturgy1. Nilus therefore, abandoned the cella of Valleluce embittered with his most faithful members, in search again of an uncontaminated place that he will find in Serperi (now Serapo) near Gaeta1-3.
Picture: Commemorative plaque of the Millennial of Saint Nilus the Abbot, placed in Piazza San Nilo.