Trappist monk and writer. Converted to RCism in the USA, in 1941 he joined the Trappists at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (1948; published in England as Elected Silence, 1949) presented monastic spirituality to a wide audience. His later works echo the changes in modern RCism, leading to a greater openness to other traditions and concern for the moral dilemmas of modern people. He eventually sought the life of a hermit.