Glass Work

I was back in the stained glass shop last week working on a couple of projects. I paused from the windows that I am working on in the monastery in order to work on a personal project. I made a design for the half circle window opening in my monastery room. The top of most […]

Nature, Up-close and Personal

I had a good response from the blog posting of our Br. Etienne’s macro photography, so I decided it was worth posting more.  He takes some amazing detailed shots of flowers and insects, and it reveals a certain beauty in ways that the human eye isn’t normally able to see.  Enjoy!

Monk’s Hobby

I am starting a new video series to focus on different monks and their hobbies.  The written version in Tower Topics is called “By the Work of their Hands.”  In this first video, Br. Etienne talks about his enjoyment of digital photography.

Ask a Monk Videos: Part 3

Back by popular demand, we filmed some more Ask a Monk videos with all new questions! If you missed the first two installments, please be sure to check out the blog postings:   Part 1 and Part 2  

1,500 Miles…and Counting

As the temperatures get cooler, I am happy to announce that this week I reached my 1,500 mile biking goal for the year.  All of my bike rides for the year began at the Abbey.  The outdoor biking season is not necessarily over, but I prefer not to bike in temperatures below 50 degrees, especially if […]

Swim, Bike, Run

Do monks get to pursue their hobbies and interest in the monastery? Yes, is the short answer.  We obviously have to get permission and it cannot be too extravagant. On Saturday morning, for the third year in a row, I participated in the Cameron YMCA Triathlon (Cameron, MO). It was a gorgeous and cool morning […]