If you're a regular reader of this blog, this topic will be a
digression from our regular writers. I'm writing this week to
announce that Saint Meinrad is launching a podcast.
The trailer episode is now available. We'll launch the first
"real" episode on March 31.
A podcast, for those of you who aren't familiar, is pretty much
just an audio talk show. Our podcast is called "Echoes from the
Bell Tower," the same name as this blog, which is why we'll be
using this space occasionally to give you access to extra resources
or some behind-the-scenes information that relates to the most
The idea for doing a podcast has been in development since last
summer. Some of us who regularly listen to podcasts had talked
about the idea, but it wasn't until Krista Hall, our associate
director of communications, called us all together for a meeting
that we began developing the idea into more than just a "What
There were so many things to think about: a name for the
podcast, finding someone to host it, brainstorming ideas for the
Our plan was to create a five-episode season and then -
depending on listener feedback - decide how and when to
Our podcast hosts are two young monks, Novice Jonathan (who
recently took temporary vows and became Br. Joel) and Novice Tony.
That's them in the photo at the top of the page, with Novice Tony
on the right. We stumbled onto them, actually. Krista had done
several audio interviews early on, looking for the right "voice"
for a host.
She was interviewing Novice Jonathan and Novice Tony for the
first episode and brought back the audio for the rest of us to
hear. It was a no-brainer - we had found not one, but two,
We hope you enjoy the podcast. While the first "real" episode
won't be available until March 31, please listen to the short
introduction to the podcast featured at the top of this post, so
our hosts can introduce themselves and tell you a little more about
what to expect in future episodes.
You can also click on one of the buttons below to subscribe, so
each new episode will be available automatically on whatever device
you use for listening.
The Benedictine tradition came to the Midwest in the 1850s, when the Swiss Abbey of Einsiedeln sent two monks to Indiana to start a new foundation.Today, we are a thriving community of 90+ monks who pray, work and live together.
One thing remains constant at Saint Meinrad: prayer. In the Benedictine motto Ora et labora (pray and work), it is "ora," or "pray," that comes first. And prayer is our primary mission - our most important work.
At our Mass each day, it is God's prayer that we are joining. We're becoming involved in the life, death and resurrection of Christ, who is offering everything for us.
Ministry is an important monastic work. Here, Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB, says Mass at a nearby prison.
As part of our work, the monks of Saint Meinrad minister to Catholics in the surrounding communities. Fr. Anthony Vinson, OSB, is the pastor of St. Meinrad Parish and St. Boniface in nearby Fulda.
In 1861, the monks began offering undergraduate courses in philosophy and theology. Since that time, they have been preparing men for service in the Catholic Church as priests. Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, is our current President-Rector.
Recreation is also an important part of a monk's life. Here, Br. William Sprauer, OSB, plays on the monastery's "Bad Habits" softball team during a seminary softball tournament.
Work is an important dimension of monastic life. At Saint Meinrad, a monk's work might be teaching, carpentry, administration, art or parish ministry. Here Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, works on a piece in the pottery shop.
The bell towers are perhaps the most recognized feature of the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church.