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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.

True Service
Thursday, May 16, 2019

By serving in the kitchen, refectory (dining room), church, or anywhere else, we express what Benedict calls "mutual obedience" by striving to address the needs of the community and thus solidify our mutual bond of fellowship...

Gospel - Poverty
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Blessed Columba Marmion, an Irish Benedictine monk and abbot of the 19th century, was a prolific writer on what it means to be a monk...

Easter Joy
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Easter joy to one and all!

Triduum: Memories and Mishaps
Friday, April 26, 2019

We have just finished the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. If you haven't had a chance to listen to the previous episode of our podcast, "Echoes from the Bell Tower," it focuses on the Triduum liturgies celebrated here at Saint Meinrad...

Triduum: Walking in Jesus' Footsteps
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today begins the celebration of the three most important days in the Christian faith - the Triduum. Triduum is Latin for "three days," and it refers to Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday...

What's Behind a Monk's Name, Part III
Thursday, April 11, 2019

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!

What's Behind a Monk's Name, Part II
Thursday, April 4, 2019

In this week's podcast, we return to the topic of monastic names. Our third episode, which aired in 2016, was on how monks choose their religious names when they join the monastery...

Making Lent Count
Thursday, March 21, 2019

I'd like to reflect a bit on chapter 49 of the Rule of St. Benedict, entitled "On the Observance of Lent." The chapter begins with what many might consider a dreadful thing to say: Benedict writes that we are to live every day of the year as if it was Lent!

Absent Alleluia
Thursday, March 7, 2019

The whole of chapter 15 of St. Benedict's Rule is one verse. That's how short it is. The above excerpt amounts to a quarter of the entire chapter...

Peanut Brother: An Accidental Ministry
Thursday, February 14, 2019

A podcast about peanut butter? Yes, that's the topic of this week's episode of our "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast...

Witness to God's Love
Thursday, February 7, 2019

A couple weeks ago, we celebrated the solemn profession of four of our confreres. Joined by family and friends, the monastic community relished this awesome experience of final dedication to God...

Honor the Dignity of the Other
Thursday, January 24, 2019

There is a lot in the Holy Rule of St. Benedict about honoring the dignity of the other...

Set Out for the Loftier Summits
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sometimes when we get caught up in the details of a project, or a process, we can miss the overarching goal or purpose...

It's All In the Family: Following God's Call
Thursday, December 13, 2018

In our last episode of the "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast, we introduced you to Br. John Mark Falkenhain and his parents. This week, we continue the family theme with a conversation that Br. Kolbe recorded with his parents and two of his siblings...

It's All In the Family: Lifetime Commitment
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Like so many important decisions in life, joining a monastery has a ripple effect. Family and friends are touched by this life-changing choice...

Oblates: Ordinary People Seeking God
Thursday, November 15, 2018

What's an oblate? It's the topic of this week's podcast episode on "Echoes from the Bell Tower."

Upcoming Episodes: Saint Meinrad's Outreach
Thursday, November 8, 2018

We're excited to be releasing some new podcast episodes this fall! While many of the previous episodes of "Echoes from the Bell Tower" have focused on monastery life or life in the seminary, these new episodes will take you along as Saint Meinrad reaches out into the world...

One Bread, One Cup: The Young Church of Today
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Each summer, hundreds of teens spend five days here at Saint Meinrad as part of the "One Bread, One Cup" (OBOC) conferences...

Vow Charts: A Hidden Treasure
Thursday, July 12, 2018

In this latest podcast episode from "Echoes from the Bell Tower," we learn about a tradition of the Saint Meinrad monks that few people know about - and even fewer get to see...

Word With a Capital W
Thursday, June 21, 2018

In our newest episode from the "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast, we look at some of the ways that "the Word" is important to life here at Saint Meinrad - both in the monastery and in the Seminary and School of Theology...

Keep Death Daily Before Your Eyes
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Welcome back to "Echoes from the Bell Tower," the third season of Saint Meinrad's podcast about life in a Benedictine monastery. We begin with an episode called "Keep Death Daily Before Your Eyes..."

Preview Episode - Remembering Fr. Rupert
Thursday, March 15, 2018

It's time for another season of the "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast! The first episode, "Keep Death Daily Before Your Eyes," will be released on March 22...

Podcast Season 3
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Br. Joel and Br. Kolbe are here to tell you that "Echoes from the Bell Tower" is returning for Season 3! You can listen to our Season 3 trailer above...

What Brought You to Saint Meinrad? - Part 2
Thursday, December 14, 2017

As promised, here is the second episode of our "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast about "What Brought You to Saint Meinrad?"

What Brought You to Saint Meinrad? - Part 1
Thursday, November 30, 2017

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?

Podcast Fall Trailer
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Echoes from the Bell Tower returns with new episodes on November 30! In this brief trailer, Br. Joel and Br. Kolbe get us ready for stories of what has brought people to Saint Meinrad over the years...

Composing Music: Bringing Prayers to Life
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Before we take a break from our podcast schedule this summer, we've released another episode of "Echoes from the Bell Tower" about music...

Chant: Drinking God Straight
Thursday, June 22, 2017

This week's episode of our "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast focuses on Gregorian chant - the sung prayers that have been a tradition at Saint Meinrad since our beginning...

FAQs: Saint Meinrad Monks Have the Answers
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Saint Meinrad Archabbey has been around for more than 160 years, so we tend to hear the same questions again and again...

Abbot Kurt Explains His Coat of Arms
Thursday, May 25, 2017

This week's episode of the "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast is a brief story from Archabbot Kurt Stasiak, OSB, about his coat of arms...

A Day in the Life...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

"What do you do all day?" That's not an uncommon question of monks and seminarians...

The Bells of Saint Meinrad - Again
Thursday, April 27, 2017

When we began our podcast, "Echoes from the Bell Tower," last year, the first episode was about the bells in the Archabbey Church...

Band of Brothers - Community Life, Part 2
Monday, April 10, 2017

Today's episode in the "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast completes a two-part series on community life...

Season 2 of the ‘Echoes’ Podcast, and a Giveaway
Thursday, March 30, 2017

The podcast staff has been working hard to get the episodes for Season 2 ready...

Podcast Season 2
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Are you ready? Echoes from the Bell Tower is returning for Season 2!

O Advent, We Await Your Antiphons
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Gregorian chant has a long and rich history. This "preview" podcast episode, from our upcoming Season Two of Echoes from the Bell Tower, uncovers some of the chant tradition...

Preview Episode - Around the World Party
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The second season of our podcast, "Echoes from the Bell Tower," will officially kick off in March, but this week we've got a special preview episode to share...

Interview with Archabbot Kurt
Thursday, June 23, 2016

In a special episode of our podcast, Br. Joel and Novice Tony interview our new archabbot, the Right Reverend Kurt Stasiak, OSB.

It's Election Time...But No Campaigning Allowed
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

This is the last episode in our first season of the "Echoes from the Bell Tower" podcast...

Hobbies: What Monks Do Besides Pray and Work
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Brewing beer. Knitting. Beekeeping. Running. Collecting stamps...

Let's Get Personal - What's Your Name?
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Most of us don't get the chance to choose our name. Our parents took care of that for us when we were born...

St. Meinrad: The Man, The Martyr, The Place
Thursday, April 14, 2016

This week's podcast takes a look at the story behind our patron saint, Meinrad, a man who lived in what is now called Switzerland during the ninth century...

Episode 1 - The Bells of Saint Meinrad
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The first episode of Saint Meinrad's new podcast, "Echoes from the Bell Tower," is now available!

3,2,1 - Podcast Launched
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

If you're a regular reader of this blog, this topic will be a digression from our regular writers...