Father Michael, Popularly known as the monk who makes cheese, happened to visit the land of Vallombrosa in Italy as part of his Benedictine Congregation more than a decade ago. It was during his stay there he learnt the art of making the world’s best cheese. And thus Father Michael decided to bring this art of making fresh cheese to India. It’s been more than 8 years since, Father Michael and his monks continue to supply a variety of cheese to five-star hotels and retail markets from Bengaluru.

Gualbert Bhavan

Founded in 2000, Gualbert Bhavan is the major seminary of the Vallombrosan Benedictine Congregation. The main function of Gualbert Bhavan is the formation of the candidates to the religious priesthood by the philosophical and theological studies. The monks at Gualbert Bhavan engage in cheese making as part of pray and work. Vallombrosa Cheese serves as financial support to Gualbert Bhavan.

Gualbert Bhavan chapel

Gualbert Bhavan chapel follows typically Syro-Malabar liturgical tradition. The small chapel is beautifully designed with the glass work of St. John Gualbert on the right and St. Benedict on the left. On top of the arch is Our Lady of Montenero, 2000 Jubilee Emblem & Millennium Jubilee Emblem. At the rear of the the main altar is a beautiful glass work on Mar Thoma Cross where Syro-Malabar Qurbana is celebrated every day in this chapel. The Bronze way of cross in the chapel is exclusively imported all the way from Italy.