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José María Méndez of Seville, Spain, will go from painter to Trappist monk, at 53 years old, thanks to the movie “Libres.”

Spanish painter to become Trappist monk after seeing film on cloistered life

Feb 3, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

After lying dormant for decades, the seed of a calling to monastic life has sprung to life in the soul... Read more

A religious sister from the Monastery of Bethlehem in Livingston Manor, New York, hand-paints a pitcher.

Christmas 2023: Handmade gifts from Catholic monasteries

Dec 2, 2023

By Zelda Caldwell

From soap and china to cakes and rosaries, these unique gifts are special to receive — and proceeds support the... Read more

The interior of the church of Fontgombault Abbey.

Abbot who helped revive traditional monasticism laid to rest in France

Aug 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Benedictine abbot who helped to revive traditional monasticism and Gregorian chant in France was buried Wednesday in the 11th-century... Read more

The Benedictine Monks of Norcia process with relics of the True Cross. Courtesy photo.

Monks of Norcia praying with 'greater intensity' during coronavirus

Apr 30, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the central Italian countryside, at the edge of the Umbrian woods just outside Norcia, a group of Benedictine monks... Read more

Pluscarden Abbey.

BBC mini-series captures daily life of Benedictine monks

Oct 19, 2017

A new BBC series will depict the daily life of Benedictine monks in a few UK monasteries, taking camera crews... Read more

The Basilica of St. Benedict in the main square of Norcia, before the earthquake.

Echoes of St. Benedict as Norcia monks rebuild after earthquake

Mar 10, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As Benedictine monks in Norcia, Italy rebuild their monastery from the rubble caused by devastating earthquakes last year, they do... Read more

Trappist beer.

Trappist monks' spirituality hailed as key to business success

Feb 26, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

A spiritual focus on generous service and community is the key to success for the Trappist monks, not only in... Read more

Wooden casket made by the monks of Saint Joseph Benedictine Abbey.

Louisiana monks thankful for right to sell caskets

Mar 22, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

After fighting a lawsuit for over five years, Benedictine monks in Louisiana finally won the right to sell their handmade... Read more

Interior of the Chapter House.

California monks build new chapel with medieval stones

Jan 10, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

A California abbey has been home to Cistercian monks since 1955, and now houses a new chapel built of stones... Read more