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"What do you do all day?"
That's not an uncommon question of monks and seminarians. In
this week's podcast of "Echoes from the Bell Tower," hosts Br. Joel
Blaize, OSB, and Br. Kolbe Wolniakowski, OSB, offer a glimpse into
the daily lives of monks and men studying for the priesthood.
Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB, and Br. William Sprauer, OSB, give
us some insights into the daily life of a Benedictine monk, while
the seminary's President-Rector Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, and
seminarian William Burmester look at everyday life in the
Br. Simon Herrmann, OSB, who is a monk and a
seminarian, walks us through his day as well.
Perhaps what may surprise you is how ordinary their days are -
eating, working, going to class, enjoying a coffee break, working
out - the same things many of us do.
But for each of these men - and the others who live and study at
Saint Meinrad - prayer lays the foundation for the day. One of my
favorite comments in this episode comes from Archabbot Kurt. When
asked how anyone gets any work done with so many interruptions for
prayer, he explains, "It's actually the reverse…. It's the work, in
one sense, that interrupts our prayer."
You can listen to the episode at the top of this page or go to
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"Echoes from the Bell Tower." Thanks for listening!
This week's podcast extra is a gallery of photos depicting
everyday life in the monastery and in the seminary. Photos are by
Krista Hall, Sam Oldenburg, Minh Vu, and Br. Lorenzo
Photos from the lives our seminarians.
Seminarians gather for prayer and Mass in the seminary's St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.
Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB is the President-Rector of our seminary and school of theology.
Seminarians keep a busy academic schedule in addition to ministry duties and spiritual formation.
Seminarians also serve as lectors, acolytes, and choir members in the chapel.
Fr. Tobias blesses a deacon during our international student outing. Saint Meinrad educates seminarians from many different countries around the world.
Seminarians engage in various ministries throughout the local area as part of their training to become priests.
Seminarian Tony Cecil plays Bingo with the residents of a local retirement home.
A healthy prayer life is an essential part of seminary formation.
Seminarians also have many opportunities for recreation, like our annual softball tournament.
Seminarians enjoying some time on our grounds with a round of disc golf.
Seminarians sharing their musical talents at a gathering in the Alumni Commons.
Photos from the lives our monks.
Br. John Mark and Fr. Luke ringing the bells of the Archabbey Church.
Prayer is the cornerstone of Benedictine life.
Br. Simon jogging in front of the Archabbey Church.
One of the many duties that monks are assigned is the preparation of the Archabbey Church for liturgies.
A young boy looks on as the monks process into the Archabbey Church.
The monks gather for Mass each day in the Archabbey Church
Our infirmary and wellness staff help to care for members of the monastic community.
Many of our junior monks are also students in our seminary and school of theology.
A monk tending a garden on the monastery grounds.
Many of our monks, like Fr. Julian, are also priests who can administer sacraments in the Catholic Church.
Monks taking time out for a coffee break during the day.
Fr. Bonaventure prepares to eat lunch in the monastery refectory.
As the monastery's beekeeper, its Br. Simon's job to check the hives.
Br. Martin working on a new piece in the pottery workshop.
The Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad pray five times a day.
Monks enjoying some fellowship during a moment off.
Monks enjoying a game of chess during recreation.
Br. James and Br. William delivering cookies to members of the community.
Monks enjoying some television during recreation.