Black Monks

Black Monks

It was nighttime in the Benedictine monastery at Subiaco, Ark. The 40 monks slept soundly in their dormitory on the conventional quadrangle. Across the yard were the college classrooms, and sleeping quarters for visitors. Adjacent was the library with manuscripts dating back to the 5th century. Adjacent on the opposite side was the student dormitory where 150 boys slept.

Subiaco is one of the 18 Benedictine abbeys in the U. S. Father Wolfgang Schlumph founded it in 1878. Arkansas at that time was a wild...