The Monastic Life

Dec 14, 2017

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.


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