On 23 March 2001, the Neapolitan Province, which operates the Carmelite Hermitage in the town of Capaccio (Salerno), recalled the 10th anniversary of the hermitage’s foundation. The hermitage is built near the monastery on the side of Mount Calpazio, adjacent to the ancient Cathedral of the 10th century and at present known as the Diocesan Marian Sanctuary with the title of Our Lady of Granato.
The anniversary was celebrated with a day of prayer together with many religious, priests and lay people. Those who took part in the celebrations were: Fr. Nicola M. Barbarello, Provincial, about ten other Carmelites and some parish priests from the surrounding area. After the Eucharistic celebration a meal was served in the refectory. In the afternoon, a large group of faithful and devotees of Our Lady of Granato joined the Carmelite hermit, Fr. Domenico Fiore, O.Carm., in fervent prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for all the graces and blessings received throughout this period.
The Carmelite hermitage of Capaccio was started after a meeting between the bishop of Vallo della Lucania (SA), Mgr. Giuseppe Rocco Favale, and the then Provincial, Fr. Lucio M. Renna, now bishop of Avezzano (AQ). At this meeting the two superiors agreed to entrust the direction of the Marian Sanctuary and the hermitage to Fr. Domenico. Since then, over the past ten years, the hermit has welcomed for day retreats many parish groups from various parts, and for a few days, priests and seminarians for a “desert” experience, or young people discerning their vocation.