Brother Joseph and the Grotto

December 04, 2013

I recently watched the film Brother Joseph and the Grotto. Written and directed by Cliff Vaughn, my friend and colleague at Ethics Daily, it tells the true tale of a fascinating monk who lived out his calling by building miniature buildings on the grounds of Saint Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama. A shy, diminutive hunchback who immigrated as a boy from Bavaria, he eventually gained fame for his grotto made of concrete and recycled materials (that is now on the National Register of Historic Places). The well-made film mixes photos and video footage with interviews and reenactments. The film takes some unexpected turns as this unique monk and his work intersect with various historical and cultural events. I thoroughly enjoyed this inspiring film, and am proud to be listed as an Associate Producer. I hope many people will check it out. You can learn more about the film and order a DVD here.

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