November 08, 2010

Monks and Beer

The Benedictine monastery, Christ-in-the-Desert Abbey, in New Mexico, plus Taos Pueblo, Canyon de Chelly, and old Santa Fe are four excellent reasons to go on a car trip in New Mexico.

The monks of Christ-in-the-Desert Abbey, New Mexico, are brewing.  Read the article.
Click HERE for it.


Blogger Olivia said...

Fr., I am so delighted that I found this blog, better late than never. Now I am going to spend most of my blog-time reading it ;)... It's like when you find a good book and can’t let go of it!

I loved your very first post “How to Disagree with Me” you did start with a bang I must say.

I read one of your comments where you mentioned you have a fellow Benedictine from India. Is he an American-Indian or has he been transferred to your monastery from India? I am from Mumbai, India and to my knowledge, I have not heard of any Benedictine monasteries here. I would really love to visit one, if you know of any.

P.S. - I know this comment is odd for this post!

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

The world would be a better place if more abbeys brewed.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...


I started my blogging while my monastery had me on assignment living and working at a parish church, where I had much more time for blogging. Back in the monastery since 2007, our schedule allows me much less time for blogging. Most of what I do now on the blog is limited to posting the homily when it has been my turn to preach at the monastery Mass.

Our monk from Kerala, India, came to California in the fifties. He had been a secretarial office-worker. Several of his siblings were already members of international religious orders, and he asked them to find a religious community for him; they put him in touch with Benedictines here in California.

Today, there are many Benedictines in India. Here are the monasteries of men or of women.

Asirvanam Monastery
Kumbalgud PO
Bangalore 560074
Tel: +91 (080) 843.72.30
Fax: +91 (080) 84.37.500

Jeevan Jyoti Ashram
Post. Bag No. 9
Jyoti Nagar
Shivpuri, M.P. 473551
Tel: +91 (0) 7492-32283

Saint Joseph's Monastery
Makkiyad PO Box 670731
Tel: +91 (0493) 535 226

Saccidananda Ashram
Shantivanam, Tannirpalli
639107 Kulittalai
Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu
Tel: +91 4323 22.260
Fax: +91 4323 22.280

St. Sylvester Monastery
T.C. Palaya P.O.
Bangalore 560036
Tel: +91 (080) 561.06.03

Ashir Bhavan Priory
H-37, Apsara Complex, Indrapuri
462 021 BHOPAL (M.P.)
Tel: +91 0755 751033
Fax: +91 0755 751033

Benedictine Sisters
Elampal, P.O. Box 691 508
Kollam Dt, Kerala
South India
Tel: +91 475 32 25 27
Fax: +91 475 32 25 27

Grace and Compassion Priory
57 Anna Salai
P.O. Box 18
Tiruvannamalai 606 601, Tamil Nadu
South India
Tel: +91 (4175) 22212
Fax: +91 (4175) 27094

Our Lady of Light
Kumbalagodu P.O.
Bangalore 560 074 Karnataka State
South India
Tel: +91 (080) 8437239
Fax: +91 (080) 84 37383

St. Scholastica's Convent
Makkiyad P.O.
Waynad District Kerala 670 731
South India
Tel: +91 (0493) 535212

House of Peace
Rahm Road
Yercaud P.O.
Salem District Tamil Nadu 636 601
South India
Tel: +91 (04281) 22401

Shanti Nilayam
Benedictine Abbey
Kothanur Post Office
Bangalore 560 007
Tel: +91 8465648

Ishwat Kripa Ashram
Outside Kileshwar Gate
Gujarat 360510

St. Scholastica's Monastery
Umran, Naya Bungalow P.O.
Meghlaya 793105

Saint Michael's Benedictine Hermitage
Angel Valley, Kumily
Murukady 685 535
Idukki Dt. Kerala
Tel: +91 (04869) 222.38
Fax: +91 (04869) 222.38

St. Thomas Benedictine Monastery
Kappadu, Kalaketty,
Kottayam Dist
Kerala 686 508
Tel: +91 482-835 346; -836 347
[Congr: Annunt]

Vallombrosan Benedictines
S.H. Mount - P.O.
Kottayam 686006 Kerala

Benhill Monastery
Iritty P.O.
Kannur Kerala
Tel: +91 (0490) 491-676

Navajeevan Priory
Sylvestro-Benedictine Monastery
Jaccampudi, P.O. 520 012
Andra Pradesh, India
Tel: +91 (0) 866-281 2236; 281 2119

1:49 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...


"The Brewski Bros"?

O.S.B.-- Order of Sudsy Beer?

1:53 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Thank you Fr., for going that extra mile to post the list. I really appreciate it! I'm amazed to know that there are Benedictine monasteries out here, I've asked so many people but no one ever seemed to know what I was talking about :(

Most of the monasteries are in South India, so that will take some traveling. However, it's gonna be worth it! Another thing that surprised me is the Indian names of these monasteries and the word 'Ashram' attached to it. Whenever I see that word I think, it pertains to Hindus or non-Christians, maybe that's the reason it skipped my search results.. ;)

Thanks once again.

God Bless!

12:09 PM  

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