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Brewing beer. Knitting. Beekeeping. Running. Collecting
What do all of these have in common? They are hobbies. More
specifically, they're among the many hobbies enjoyed by Saint
In our fourth episode of the "Echoes from the Bell Tower"
podcast, several monks discuss their hobbies with hosts Br. Joel
Blaize, OSB, and Novice Tony Wolniakowski, OSB.
You'll hear from a model train aficionado, a junior monk who
volunteered (!) to care for bees and harvest honey, and a singing
monk-psychologist who plays the cello, bakes bread and throws
On this page, we've added some podcast extras. Novice Joshua
Leeuw is the voice you hear describing his work with the chickens,
which provide fresh eggs for Sunday morning's breakfast.
Brothers Jean Fish and Nathaniel Szidik talk about some of the
fun names they've given their home-brewed beers, and Br. John Mark
Falkenhain reflects on how hobbies have taught him a specific life
lesson. (Remember what I said about throwing pottery?)
Photos on this blog depict some of the monks enjoying their
hobbies. The photos of stamp collecting and beer brewing were taken
by Sam Oldenburg. The other photos are by Krista Hall.
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Listen to Novice Joshua talk about the personalites of
Br. Nathaniel and Br. Jean talk about the creative names
for their beers.
Br. John Mark talks about revisiting life lessons
Fr. Augustine's hobby is collecting stamps.
Fr. Augustine collects all the stamps he can get. In some cases he may have more than a thousand replicas of the same stamp.
Fr. Augustine collects all his stamps in a room designated as "the stamp room".
Fr. Julian has enjoyed cooking since he was a boy.
Fr. Julian also teaches a cooking class for seminarians during J-term.
Br. William and Br. James are two of the junior monks who brew beer in the monastery.
Br. Jean and Br. Nathaniel have been working on brewing a new mead for Novice Tony's first profession in August.
Many monks enjoy running and other kinds of physical fitness activities. Br. Nathaniel is currently training to run a marathon.
Br. Simon has recently taken up beekeeping as his hobby.
Br. Simon has recently set up two more hives after Easter, bringing our total to three.
Now that Br. Simon has gotten used to working with our bees and finds it to be an excellent way to learn patience.
One of Br. John Mark's main hobbies, or disciplines, is playing the cello.
Br. John Mark has also been baking bread for the community every day, except Sunday, for the last three years.
Novice Joshua enjoys taking care of the monastery's chickens.
Saint Meinrad's chickens free range during the day. It is not uncommon to see them crossing the roads near the coop.
Novice Joshua collects fresh eggs for Sunday morning's breakfast.