Ruth Clifford Engs, Editor. Conversations in the Abbey, Vol. II: The Next Generation of Senior Monks of Saint Meinrad Reflects on Their Lives. St. Meinrad, IN: Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 2016.
A collection of 11 oral history biographies that includes the personal reflections of Benedictine monks who lived through much of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. The monks in this second volume were born between 1930 and 1940 and are members of Saint Meinrad Archabbey (Indiana). They experienced vast changes in society, as well as the upheaval that has characterized much of the modern history of the Roman Catholic Church. The monks discuss childhood recollections; why they joined the monastic community; their early, sometimes amusing years, in the monastery; their jobs and career paths; work, prayer and the sorrows and joys of their lives; the effects of Vatican II; change in worship including going from Latin to English; and the future of the Church and other topics.