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What Brought You to Saint Meinrad? - Part 1



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"…and what brought you to Saint Meinrad?"

When you have a connection to Saint Meinrad - whether as a monk, student, co-worker or oblate - one question often arises: What first brought you here?

Our podcast team from "Echoes from the Bell Tower" opens this new set of episodes with just that question. Hosts Br. Joel Blaize, OSB, and Br. Kolbe Wolniakowski, OSB, discover the stories behind how people find their way to Saint Meinrad.

Featured in the first of this two-part episode are:

  • Monks Fr. Denis Robinson and Fr. Christian Raab

  • Alumnus Fr. William Burmester

  • Oblates and students Ginger Thomas and Crystal White

  • And co-workers Mike Gramelspacher and Tammy Becht.

Included in this blog post is a podcast extra. In this 2-minute interview, Fr. Denis Quinkert explains how he first came to Saint Meinrad - then left for another abbey and came back a few years ago!


Listen to the full episode at the top of this page or go to iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts and download "Echoes from the Bell Tower." Thanks for listening!


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Up next: In two weeks, we will release more stories of how people ended up at Saint Meinrad. These include a near-death experience, a search for knights in shining armor, arriving at Saint Meinrad during the Second Vatican Council, and a little nudge from God that caused a retired beach bum to move across the country to play the organ.


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Echoes from the Bell Tower is a blog devoted to observations on Christian faith, spirituality and everyday events, by authors with a connection to the Benedictine values found at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology. Contributors include students, permanent deacons, Benedictine oblates and Saint Meinrad monks. Their stories, thoughts and ideas highlight the mission and vision that ring out from the bell towers on this Hill in southern Indiana.