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Full Reference Details: An Oral History interview with Fr John Paul Sanderson.
Fr. John Paul Sanderson
An Oral History interview with Fr John Paul Sanderson.
Photograph of Fr. John Paul Sanderson taken during the Oral History interview
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Reference Information
Archaeological Period Modern AD 1900-present
Authors Roger Kitchen.
Publication Date 01/03/2005
Landshape Zone Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Parish Coalville and surrounds
Location Coalville, Leicestershire,
Event Start Date 1967
Event End Date 01/03/2005
Location of Original Originals held with The National Forest Company.
Reference LANt015
Detailed Description Getting a "clip round the ear" at the age of twelve didn't put this Monk off of his vocation! But Father John Paul Sanderson may never have come to Mount St Bernard Abbey if a friend hadn't "got fed up" with him talking about his feelings towards the monastic way of life and arranged a visit! John Paul explains the origins of the abbey and the Cistercian Order to which he belongs ..."just quite normal people you know", but this is no simple story of peace and prayers, the 'community' had many adventures across the world before they could begin to farm their Forest acres....not an easy task among the "wild heath and moors" of Charnwood, where the brothers had to take stones out of the ground as they ploughed the rocky landscape to "build walls and start to make fields on the property". Hard workers with a belief in manual labour in addition to study and prayer, John Paul often gets to be outside, he explains that he feels a great sense of communion "out there walking in the woods". Listen as John Paul explains how the monks used to converse in sign language - in the old days Mount St Bernard was a completely silent community. And what was that about a 'communal coffin'......... The transcript of the full interview is available to read with this contribution, whilst the audio file is a small clip taken from the original recording.

Subsidary Data for Heard, Written and Remembered
Type Verbal Recollections