National and International Media
“These are the monks who still preserve ancient texts around the world”
By Columba Stewart
December 27, 2019
To understand people of another culture, with different beliefs, we must listen to them in their own voice, learning their language, reading and understanding their texts. Read more.
“A Monk of the Secular Age: An Appreciation”
By Patrick J. Geary
“The biography of Columba Stewart displayed on the home page of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library describes his extensive travels through the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and India in his efforts to help Christian and Muslim communities preserve and digitize their precious medieval and modern manuscripts.” Read more.
“From Saint Benedict to the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library”
By David Skinner
“As a young man, Benedict of Nursia, born c. 480, was sent to Rome to be educated, but he was appalled by the worldly life of the capital. He withdrew and experimented with hermitism before becoming abbot of a monastery—it went badly. The monks tried to poison him. He narrowly escaped death and established his own monastery, Monte Cassino. Around 530, he devised the manual for monastic life known as the Rule of Benedict. Read more.
“Benedictine monk honored for digitally preserving ancient manuscripts”
By The Catholic Spirit | Susan Klemond
November 11, 2019
In his work of digitally preserving historic manuscripts that are sometimes found in dangerous places, Father Columba Stewart may serve as diplomat, detective or historian — but he is always a Benedictine monk. Read more.
“A Conversation with 2019 Jefferson Lecturer Father Columba Stewart”
By Minnesota Humanities Center
October 3, 2019
Stewart was interviewed by MHC board member Patrick Henry. Henry served as executive director of the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, where Stewart is currently a resident scholar, from 1984 to 2004. Read more.
“Minnesota Monk Columba Stewart Rescues Ancient Manuscripts from Modern Threats”
By Jean Hopfensperger
January 7, 2018
As extremists destroy ancient churches and cultural sites across the Middle East, a Minnesota monk has emerged as a global defender of sacred documents often hidden inside. Read more.