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Band of Brothers – Community Life, Part 2

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Today's episode in the "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast completes a two-part series on community life. This time, Br. Joel Blaize and Br. Kolbe Wolniakowski look at how brotherhood develops among the monks in the monastery.

"This isn't a warehouse of perfect holy people," Br. Joel explains in the podcast. "This is truly 'a school of the Lord's service,' where people are learning how to be holy. That's the real opportunity: to grow in one's capacity to love."

One way to foster community life is through shared traditions, such as the annual Halloween party. Br. Zachary Wilberding and Br. Elias Leeuw tell some funny stories about the games and skits enjoyed at this party. You might want to listen to this episode just to hear Br. Zachary's description of a song-and-dance number to the tune of "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music."

You can listen to the episode at the top of this page or go to iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get podcasts and download "Echoes from the Bell Tower."

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This episode's podcast "extra" is a slideshow of photos from the monastery's Halloween party and other scenes of community life.

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Monks enjoy many recreational activities together, such as a nice game of chess.

Monks enjoy many recreational activities together, such as a nice game of chess.

Monks enjoying conversation and coffee in our Alumni Commons

Monks enjoying conversation and coffee in our Alumni Commons

Some of our junior monks out for a day of sledding during the winter.

Some of our junior monks out for a day of sledding during the winter.

From left to right: Br. William, Br. Elias, and Br. Jean carving pumpkins.

From left to right: Br. William, Br. Elias, and Br. Jean carving pumpkins.

Br. Jean displays his intense pumpkin carving skills.

Br. Jean displays his intense pumpkin carving skills.

No jack-o-lantern is complete without a candle.

No jack-o-lantern is complete without a candle.

Which composer is Br. Joel carving on his pumpkin this year?

Which composer is Br. Joel carving on his pumpkin this year?

A collection of jack-o-lanterns ready for the monastery Halloween party.

A collection of jack-o-lanterns ready for the monastery Halloween party.

Monastic jack-o-lanterns on display.

Monastic jack-o-lanterns on display.

Monks enjoying a Halloween skit put on by their confreres.

Monks enjoying a Halloween skit put on by their confreres.

Monks enjoying a Halloween skit put on by their confreres.

Monks enjoying a Halloween skit put on by their confreres.

Monks enjoying a Halloween skit put on by their confreres.

Monks enjoying a Halloween skit put on by their confreres.

The Halloween skit is something of a tradition at the monastery party.

The Halloween skit is something of a tradition at the monastery party.

Br. John Mark tells a spooky tale with the photocopied head of Abbot Martin Marty, our first abbot, in a jar.

Br. John Mark tells a spooky tale with the photocopied head of Abbot Martin Marty, our first abbot, in a jar.

A band of brothers enjoying some post-party conversation.

A band of brothers enjoying some post-party conversation.

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