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What's Behind a Monk's Name, Part III

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If you were intrigued by some of the stories behind the new names that monks choose when they take their vows, we have a treat for you - another episode on monastic names!

In our latest episode in our "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast, Fr. Noël Mueller, Br. Francis Wagner, Br. Stanley Wagner and Br. Kolbe Wolniakowski explain the origins behind their names. Br. Kolbe hosts the podcast, along with Br. Joel Blaize.

Below, you can see photos of some of our monks with an item that symbolizes their name or patron saint.

To read more about monastic names, see the latest issue of our newsletter On the Hill.

You can also listen to last week's episode on monastic names, or go back to our first season and listen to Episode 3.

As always, you can listen to this episode at the top of this page or go to iTunes or Stitcher and download "Echoes from the Bell Tower." Thanks for listening!

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Br. Stanley Rother Wagner, OSB, has an icon of Bl. Stanley Rother hanging in his cell in the monastery. The Marian chasuble on the icon reflects both Stanleys’ devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary; the staff symbolizes Bl. Stanley’s call to be the Shepherd who did not run.

Br. Stanley Rother Wagner, OSB, has an icon of Bl. Stanley Rother hanging in his cell in the monastery. The Marian chasuble on the icon reflects both Stanleys’ devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary; the staff symbolizes Bl. Stanley’s call to be the Shepherd who did not run.

Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, created artwork for Fr. Christian Raab, OSB, of his patron, Christian O’Conarchy. The artwork was given to him on his feast day.

Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, created artwork for Fr. Christian Raab, OSB, of his patron, Christian O’Conarchy. The artwork was given to him on his feast day.

Fr. Mateo Zamora, OSB, was gifted with a framed page from the Gospel of Matthew for his priesthood ordination by the parish of St. William in London, KY, where he was serving as a deacon. The manuscript was printed in 1521, the same year the Catholic faith came to the Philippines, where Fr. Mateo grew up.

Fr. Mateo Zamora, OSB, was gifted with a framed page from the Gospel of Matthew for his priesthood ordination by the parish of St. William in London, KY, where he was serving as a deacon. The manuscript was printed in 1521, the same year the Catholic faith came to the Philippines, where Fr. Mateo grew up.

Br. Kolbe Wolniakowski, OSB, visited Auschwitz last summer to see where his patron, Maximilian Kolbe, was martyred. He prayed alone by the cell where Kolbe died. Because all he had in his pocket was a small Polish coin, Br. Kolbe set the coin on the cell floor while he prayed and picked it back up when he left.

Br. Kolbe Wolniakowski, OSB, visited Auschwitz last summer to see where his patron, Maximilian Kolbe, was martyred. He prayed alone by the cell where Kolbe died. Because all he had in his pocket was a small Polish coin, Br. Kolbe set the coin on the cell floor while he prayed and picked it back up when he left.

Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB, has the image used for the invitations for his solemn vows displayed in his faculty office at Saint Meinrad. The image was designed by a classmate who also was making solemn vows and includes the patrons of the five monks being solemnly professed. Abbot Kurt’s patron saint is Constantine.

Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB, has the image used for the invitations for his solemn vows displayed in his faculty office at Saint Meinrad. The image was designed by a classmate who also was making solemn vows and includes the patrons of the five monks being solemnly professed. Abbot Kurt’s patron saint is Constantine.

In 2010, Br. Francis Wagner, OSB, bought a statue of his patron, Francis de Sales, while visiting the region of France that Francis de Sales is from and buried.

In 2010, Br. Francis Wagner, OSB, bought a statue of his patron, Francis de Sales, while visiting the region of France that Francis de Sales is from and buried.

Fr. Noël Mueller, OSB, has prayer cards featuring his patron saint, Noel Chabanel. Noel in Latin is Natalis.

Fr. Noël Mueller, OSB, has prayer cards featuring his patron saint, Noel Chabanel. Noel in Latin is Natalis.

Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB’s patron is St. Denis, the first bishop of Paris. St. Denis was beheaded. According to the story, he picked up his head and walked for about 12 miles before he finally laid down and died. Fr. Denis received this statue of his patron about 20 years ago as a gift.

Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB’s patron is St. Denis, the first bishop of Paris. St. Denis was beheaded. According to the story, he picked up his head and walked for about 12 miles before he finally laid down and died. Fr. Denis received this statue of his patron about 20 years ago as a gift.

Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB, searched and found an English monk named St. Harry of Coquet to be his patron. His story is contained the Acta Sanctorum, a series of volumes on the lives of the saints.

Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB, searched and found an English monk named St. Harry of Coquet to be his patron. His story is contained the Acta Sanctorum, a series of volumes on the lives of the saints.

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