Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project

Father Bede Stocker, O.S.B., b. 1916

Father Bede Stocker, O.S.B.Father Bede is a member of the Benedictine community at Marmion Abbey in Aurora, Illinois.

Q: What has given you the most joy in your life?

A: I can really not point to any one big joy. My life has been one of continual joy and peace with the community. The day I took my vows and the day of my ordination were a special part of that continual joy--the joy of realizing the privilege of living with dedicated men. Well, I do enjoy playing cards and winning too. I do grumble when I don't get good cards all evening. Benedict has some hard things to say about grumbling

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