December 1, 2021 | Local News

Br. Conrad Fleischmann, OCSO, (left), and his identical twin brother Melvin Fleischmann (right), during their Oct. 26, 2021 video interview. SCREENSHOT

Fleischmann brothers discuss faith, upbringing, and vocations in video


On Oct. 26, two members of the Diocese of Owensboro’s Office of Communications interviewed 92-year-old Br. Conrad Fleischmann, OCSO, and his identical twin brother, Melvin Fleischmann.

Br. Conrad is a monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Ky. Melvin is a layperson who belongs to Sts. Joseph and Paul Parish in Owensboro, Ky. Both live their Catholic faith with equally deep commitment, though in in different ways through their different vocations.

Riley Greif, digital media specialist, and Elizabeth Wong Barnstead, editor of The Western Kentucky Catholic, learned the Fleischmann twins’ family history, how they were raised in the Catholic faith while attending St. Alphonsus Parish in St. Joseph, and when they discovered their individual callings from God.

Their story is powerful and inspiring.

You can watch the full interview with Br. Conrad and Melvin at

Originally printed in the December 2021 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.


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