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"Echoes from the Bell Tower" is the companion podcast to our regular blog. Every two weeks our hosts, Br. Kolbe and Br. Joel, will be bringing you stories of wit and wisdom from the monks here at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and show you a little about what it's like to be a Benedictine monk in the 21st century.  We're so excited to share these stories from life on the Hill with you. We hope you enjoy the podcast. You can listen to it by clicking on the audio file on this page, or you can subscribe to it on iTunes or Stitcher. And please leave us a comment. We'd love to hear from you!

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Episode 08 -  The Bells of Saint Meinrad, Rebroadcast

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April 27, 2017
In which Br. Joel and Br. Kolbe talk about the bells of Saint Meinrad. The bells lead people to Saint Meinrad and they call the monastic community to prayer. They're going to have stories from the other monks who explain what the bells mean to us. They also have an update on Bell 6 that cracked and needed to be removed and repaired.
 

Episode 07 - Band of Brothers: Community Life, Part  2

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April 13, 2017
In this second episode on community life, Br. Joel and Br. Kolbe talk about community life in the monastery and how the monks celebrate Halloween.
 

Episode 06 - Out of Many, One: Community Life, Part 1

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March 30, 2017
In which Br. Joel, Br. Kolbe, and their guests discuss community life and fellowship among the seminarians at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. The first in a two-part series on community life.
 

Season 2 Trailer

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March 2, 2017
Are you ready? Echoes from the Bell Tower is returning for Season 2!
 

Preview Episode - O Advent, We Await Your Antiphons

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December 15, 2016
This preview episode of season two is all about chant and its role in monastic life, especially during the Advent season right before Christmas. Music fans will love the melodic chant featured in this episode. 
 

Preview Episode - Around the World

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November 17, 2016
Podcast hosts Br. Joel Blaize, OSB, and Br. Kolbe Wolniakowski, OSB, (the former Novice Tony from last season) take us to the Around the World Party. It's a festive event held each fall and spring at Saint Meinrad.
 

Special Episode - Election Update

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June 23, 2016
In a special episode of our podcast, Br. Joel and Novice Tony interview our new archabbot, the Right Reverend Kurt Stasiak, OSB.
 

Episode 05 - It's Election Time...but No Campaigning Allowed

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May 26, 2016
In which Br. Joel, Novice Tony, and their guests discuss the resignation of Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB and the upcoming election of his successor. This episode describes how the election process works in the monastery and what the monks consider when choosing the leader of their community.
 

Episode 04 - Hobbies: What Monks Do Besides Pray and Work

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May 12, 2016
In which Br. Joel, Novice Tony, and their guests discuss what Benedictine monks do outside of prayer and work. Hobbies and disciplines abounds at the monastery from stamp collecting and model trains to brewing and beekeeping. It's a honey of an episode.
 

Episode 03 - What's Behind a Monk's Name?

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April 28, 2016
In which Br. Joel and Novice Tony discuss how monks get their names and how Novice Jonathan became Br. Joel...and not a Jonas "brother". Other monks tell the stories behind their names, why feast days are celebrated, and how choosing a name can help a community move on from tragedy.
 

Episode 02 - St. Meinrad: The man, the martyr, the place

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April 14, 2016
In which Br. Joel, Novice Tony, and their guests tell the story of St. Meinrad, a Benedictine monk from the 9th century who became our patron saint. Topics include St. Meinrad's life and martyrdom, Swiss monks emigrating, a wonderful small town in Indiana, guard chickens, the work we do for the Church, and...cheese.
 

Episode 01 - The Bells of Saint Meinrad

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March 31, 2016
In which Novices Jonathan, Tony, and their guests talk about the bells of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Stories include the importance of the bells to monastic life, ringing mishaps, monk pranks, bell flipping, janky ladders, and the toll after a monk's death.
 

Episode 00 - Trailer

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March 10, 2016
Introducing Echoes from the Bell Tower, a podcast devoted to stories of wit and wisdom from the monks of Saint Meinrad, a Benedictine monastery in southern Indiana.