DOMRADIO.DE: What can we give you this weekend?
Brother Philipp Heine ofm (Francis from Dortmund): Yesterday we made the first portion of pea soup and then vegan vegetable soup. Because there is always demand. Many helpers cut bacon or metwurst or meat sausages with spices from our garden, leek and celery. This is what I prepared yesterday for the pea soup sold here yesterday and today.
DOMRADIO.DE: Pea soup is called “pisum pullmenti” in Latin. Is that the specialty of your monastery?
Philip Brothers: Westphalia good, simple. There is no special recipe, it’s just a lot of work.
DOMRADIO.DE: Now there are 40 monasteries, monasteries and monks from all over Austria, Czech Republic, France, Poland and Germany. Seeing one or the other again is probably a real celebration. Do you have time for that?
Philip Brothers: clearly! You take your time for it too. Yesterday we had a wonderful meeting with our sister Doris, a brewer from Mallersdorf. I just spoke with the pastor of Kattowitz, who first came to the monastery market.
Or the Benedictine monks of Melk right across the street. Or the Neuenbekener sisters, they are cleaning and baking waffles. Contacts are really very nice and refreshing. And it’s nice to hear each other’s stories again.
DOMRADIO.DE: It is also meant to show how diverse monastic culture today is beyond herbal liqueurs, jewelry and candles. What surprised you in this market this year? What proposals do you not necessarily trust that the monastery can do?
Philip Brothers: I found this to be a handicraft especially done by men. Orthodox brothers also offer a lot in their own production when it comes to handicrafts. The Taizé brothers have their own icon. This is a new and rich feature for the Monastery Market.
DOMRADIO.DE: All proposals are about sustainability and intimacy with nature. Is there an example we can learn from the monastery?
Philip Brothers: We Franciscans have decided not to use plastic plates at this time. There are porcelain soup bowls and there are regular spoons. I looked for them in our monastery.
Products are produced in-house or in our own territories. Potatoes or bacon from local farmers. It’s a big deal here too.
DOMRADIO.DE: Did you notice that the visitor is now asking about it?
Philip Brothers: They ask about it. We also got great compliments for our reusable bowls and cutlery. Management of the monastery market in Dalheim is also very supportive.
DOMRADIO.DE: What is the most beautiful moment in such a monastery market? It’s pretty tiring too.
Philip Brothers: Last night I passed out quite a bit. right. But what’s good is meeting other people, just having a conversation, talking about yourself, and having visitors talk about you. It’s give and take. It’s about being together, sharing life, I think it’s very beautiful.
DOMRADIO.DE: What if there are many visitors? Can you still come and have a good look at everything, or can people just push your stand and pass by?
Philip Brothers: No, it is very well divided. Yesterday around noon we were very busy. We’ve already run out of pea soup, so today we’re going to double the amount. It was a lot of fun in the afternoon selling waffles and drinking coffee with the sisters across from us.
It is very well divided or here St. With a bread sale across the street from Florian. So I’m not in a hurry, but it’s very good. And seeing two sisters of different nationalities come here is just rich.
DOMRADIO.DE: There is a lot to do this weekend. There is also an exhibit called “Latin. Dead or Alive!?”. Do you have a chance to see it too?
Philip Brothers: I must see it this afternoon. After lunch, there is a quieter time. Then we’ll take a look.
The interview was conducted by Heike Sicconi.