Tag Archive: Monks

Remains of a medieval monk discovered after his legs are found poking out of a sea ridge

medieval monk leg bones

The remains of an 800-year-old monk have been uncovered after his legs were spotted sticking out of cliff by a beach walker. Mandy Ewington was strolling along the seashore when she looked up and saw two bones poking out of the cliff face. She took a picture of the leg bones and sent them to…

Benedictine monks host a conference on the protection of religious monuments

Novalesa Abbey

The Italian Novalesa Abbey celebrated 40 years of its modern history by hosting the European THETRIS Project Conference Press Release: A conference was held on 21 June 2013 in the Benedictine Novalesa Abbey in the Italian region of Piemonte (Piedmont) with the participation of European experts on the protection of sacred monuments involved in the…

Quarr Abbey monks ‘thrilled’ at World Monuments Watch listing

Monks at an Isle of Wight monastery say they are hopeful of saving medieval abbey ruins, after they were recognised in an international heritage survey. The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary’s at Quarr is among 67 “most at-risk” sites listed by the World Monuments Fund (WMF). The monks say the listing will make it easier…

Canterbury monks witness creation of moon crater

On 18 June 1178 five monks from the Canterbury Abbey reported that they saw a spectacular flash of light on the surface of the moon. The Canterbury chronicler, Fratello Gervase took the deposition of the five monks.   In his chronicles Gervase wrote: “This year on the 18th of June, when the Moon, a slim…

The Sierra Nevada Brewery helps fund The Abbey of New Clairvaux reconstruction

An order of Cistercian monks in rural northern California lives a quiet life of prayer, contemplation and work. One of their projects is to reconstruct a medieval monastery, also called a chapter house, that dates back to 12th century Spain. The Abbey of New Clairvaux is using original stones carved for the Santa Maria de…

In 40 Days, ‘Wings of Tatev’ Brings 7000 People to Medieval Monastery

More than 7,000 people have visited the Medieval Monastery of Tatev in Southern Armenia since the October inauguration of a 5.7-kilometer-long aerial tramway that transports visitors from the village of Halidzor across the Vorotan gorge to the village of Tatev, within walking distance of the monastery. The cable car line, dubbed “The Wings of Tatev,”…

The ‘little things’ matter, Saint David of Wales

Like many other Christian traditions, the Episcopal Church has a custom of remembering “the saints.” And by saints, we simply mean those Christians throughout history whose lives continue to inspire and encourage us. Now, we are a little less likely than other traditions to venerate those saints, but we still believe it is very important…

Restoration of a unique Armenian monastery

It was once a beacon of light for an entire country, home to 500 monks, a seat of learning and spiritual fulfilment. Little remains of the glorious past of the 9th century Tatev Monastery in southern Armenia. But that could soon change thanks to an ambitious restoration project. During the Middle Ages, Tatev was one…

DVD Release: The Secret of Kells

The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript containing the four Gospels of the New Testament. It was created by Celtic monks around 800 A.D. The Oscar nominated movie The Secret of the Kells is available today on DVD. Synopsis: Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a…

Hermit Monks Plan Monastery On Remote Wyoming Ranch

Plans by a group of Roman Catholic hermit monks to erect an outsized monastery in northern Wyoming have pitted neighbor against neighbor and aroused debate with religious undertones. At the center of the Wyoming controversy is a remote ranch where the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel want to build a…

USC Adds Medieval Bible to Collection

The Ernest Hollings special collections library, has added something very special to the collection. The library has received a rare medieval Bible, dated back to 1240. It was written in Oxford, England, and is a smaller version so monks and friars could carry it around. It was purchased for $77,000 and is written in Latin….

Medieval monks had ‘dramatic’ impact

Depictions of the antichrist, hell and the “end times” were often the work of Irish monks, a Cork-based research project has found. Medieval monks translated early Christian texts from Greek and Latin and created a rich tapestry of illustrated works, embellished with a dramatic value unique to Ireland. Speaking ahead of a lecture Medieval Visions…