How did a Trappist monastery flourish in the mountains of Utah for 70 years, and what led to its closing? Thursday, we’re talking about the history of monastic life and how it is expressed today.
In August, the Trappist monastery in Huntsville, Utah closed after 70 years. The community of monks flourished in the post-War era, and many of the men were GIs who had served in World War II. Their story got us thinking about monastic life, so Thursday, we’re talking to three scholars about the history of the men and women who gave their lives to communities of faith. We’re also asking how service and contemplation are being practiced in the modern world.
- Margaret McGuinness is a Professor of Religion at LaSalle University and the author of Called to Serve: A History of American Nuns. [Indie bookstores|Amazon]
- Michael Higgins is a Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University, and the author of a number of books on Thomas Merton. [Indie bookstores|Amazon]
- Craig Harline is a professor of history at Brigham Young University. He's written A World Ablaze: The Rise of Martin Luther and the Birth of the Reformation [Indie bookstores|Amazon] and The Burdens of Sister Margaret: Inside a 17th-Century Convent [Indie bookstores|Amazon]
Watch the RadioWest short film To Close a Monastery. Visit us at films.radiowest.org for to see more documentary shorts.