Belgium’s Trappist monks – too adept at beer brewing for their own good?

Brother Xavier is pragmatic about the declining community of monks at Orval Abbey in a leafy corner of southern Belgium. “Monastic life is not a question of numbers,” he muses during a brief break in his daily routine of prayer, work and meditation. Besides, he says, while fewer European men are finding their vocation, Orval is now welcoming monks from as far away as Rwanda and Mexico.–too-adept-at-beer-brewing-for-their-own-good-9557732.html