The Monks of Estillyen

Estillyen Tunnels

[This is an excerpt from Messages from Estillyen, Chapter Ten, titled “Tunnel House.”  Estillyen monk Drama welcomes the group that has gathered for a dramatic reading based on a Scripture narrative.] “Hello, everyone. My name is Drama. It’s great to have you here at Tunnel House today. My colleague in the far corner is my …

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"Messenger" by Gerard Terborch, c. 1660

Words Matter

Messages from Estillyen rings with the message that words matter, some more than most. Why do words have so much power? Why do they matter so? In Chapter 20, the monks of Estillyen address this question at the beginning of the reading “Let Them Go!” READER: A letter written but never sent, never read—should it …

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The Monks of Estillyen – Brother Epic

Epic is one of the most delightful and gregarious monks on the Isle of Estillyen. Not a measure of eccentric appeal does he lack. His residence and storytelling venue is Quill House on the Bend. Over the years, his readings have been translated and distributed to numerous countries throughout the world.

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The Monks of Estillyen – Brother Narrative

If a single word can adequately define the core of a person, the word for Brother Narrative would be zeal. Zeal for the cause of Christ is his calling. Narrative’s parish has no limits. To the world at large his heart and mind are always tuned.

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The Monks of Estillyen – Brother Writer

Within Estillyen’s monk community, Writer is affectionately known as “The Dean.” His forte is a vigorous theology of communication. The following excerpt from his reading, Remember Me, is what one might call Writer-esque:
ithin Estillyen’s monk community, Writer is affectionately known as “The Dean.” His forte is a vigorous theology of communication. The following excerpt from his reading, Remember Me, is what one might call Writer-esque:

“Ancient prophecies, once penned, had long abided. They waited incomplete, unfulfilled. Words past spoken waited for their stories to arrive so they could be folded into present verse.”

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The Monks of Estillyen – Brother Saga

Among the twelve readings of Redemption, Saga is credited with just one—Picking Up the Pieces. However, his reading and input in constructing the Redemption series have proven invaluable.

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The Monks of Estillyen – Brother Plot

Monk Plot is an exceedingly joyous individual. Smiling, beaming, and humming are the traits that carry him about on the Isle of Estillyen.

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The Monks of Estillyen – Brother Story

Readings given by Story are great examples of storytelling fused with rhetoric. His demeanor couples compassion with conviction, in a style that is unique among the Estillyen message makers.

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The Monks of Estillyen – Brother Drama

Drama first sensed a call to religious life at age seventeen. Not sure about a spiritual vocation, he entered college as planned, pursuing a career in medicine. Then, during his third year of studies, he had an epiphany.

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