The first episode of Saint Meinrad's new podcast, "Echoes from
the Bell Tower," is now available!
We're so excited to share these stories from life on the Hill
with you. In this initial episode, it seemed only fitting
that the first topic about life at a monastery be about the
The bells of the Archabbey Church are one of the first things
you notice at Saint Meinrad. The bell towers themselves are a local
landmark. The Archabbey is situated on a hill, so the towers are
visible from some distance away. Even on a foggy morning, you can
usually see the tops of the bell towers peeking above the mist.
The bells ring every 15 minutes at Saint Meinrad, so we're
pretty used to them. But if they don't ring at the right time or
they ring at an unusual time, we take notice.
In this podcast, hosts Novice Jonathan (now called Br. Joel) and
Novice Tony explain the significance of the bells to those who live
in a monastery. The bells and their rituals are woven into monastic
life. They call the monks to prayer, mark the significant events in
their life and, finally, announce their death. The bells have also
been known to cause some consternation, as you'll hear in this
On this page, we've posted two brief videos of the bells being
rung, courtesy of Br. William. One shows a monk ringing the bells,
and the other is from up in the tower where you can see the bells
ringing. (Yes, this is the same Br. William who talks about going
up into the bell towers in the podcast.)
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.
In this short clip, Novice Tony rings the bells in the
south tower before evening prayer in the Archabbey
In this short clip, all four bells in the south tower
are shown while being rung by two novices below.
To learn more about the history of the bells at Saint Meinrad
Archabbey, read this previous post on Echoes from the Bell
"The Archabbey Church Bells."