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In Kansas, An Inside Look At The Daily Life Of Benedictine Monks07:07
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Father Dennis Meade in the abbey cemetery. The Benedictine Monks of Atchison established the monastery in Atchison, Kansas right around the time the state was opening for settlement. (Laura Ziegler/KCUR)
Father Dennis Meade in the abbey cemetery. The Benedictine Monks of Atchison established the monastery in Atchison, Kansas right around the time the state was opening for settlement. (Laura Ziegler/KCUR)
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Atchison, Kansas, a small town on the Missouri River about 50 miles north of Kansas City, is known for several things. It’s a gateway to the West, the birthplace of Amelia Earhart and, to a lesser extent, the home of Benedictine College. Today, the campus and classic brick buildings provide a broad liberal arts curriculum. But on a hill at the top of campus, overlooking the river, there is an abbey. And in that abbey, Benedictine monks live much the same way they did centuries ago.

Laura Ziegler (@laurazig) of Here & Now contributor KCUR spent a night with the monks to learn something about how they live.

This segment aired on October 9, 2017.

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