monastic life


Of monks and men

As a prospective monk at the Algerian Trappist monastery, Freddy Derwahl came to know the community before the 1996 abduction of seven brothers.


The Father and the Son, by Matthew N. Murray, and The View from a Monastery, by Brother Benet Tvedten

When Matt Murray is 13 years old, his mother, a gifted writer and an unconventional Catholic, dies. His father, an official in the Washington, D.C., city government, suddenly changes jobs. He functions poorly as a single parent, and the family, a sister and two brothers, begins to drift apart.