Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict


New book features interviews with Saint Meinrad monks

June 10, 2016

Saint Meinrad monks talk about their work and prayer over 50+ years

Conversation -Volume -2-cover -for -webA new book, "Conversations in the Abbey, Volume 2: The Next Generation of Senior Monks of Saint Meinrad Reflects on Their Lives," features in-depth interviews with 11 monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad,IN.

The book's author/editor is Ruth Clifford Engs of Bloomington, IN, a retired Indiana University professor and a Benedictine oblate of Saint Meinrad.

She spoke with the monks about their early years in the monastery, their varying work assignments, changes they've seen in the Catholic Church and reflections on living as Benedictine monks for 50-plus years.

In her preface, she writes, "The monks interviewed for this book include brothers, priests and a former abbot. Different experiences emerge from the men interviewed in this work, compared to the first volume. In many ways, these experiences reflect the changes in the Church and society.

"For example, two of the brothers later became priests and were allowed to remain at the monastery, rather than transferring to another monastic community as had been the custom. An African-American monk was the leader of the Civil Rights Movement in Indianapolis during the 1960s and founded a university, and the former abbot left an uncommon legacy."

The softcover book is available for $18.95 at Saint Meinrad's Archabbey Gift Shop and The Scholar Shop. You can order the book at: