MARYVILLE — Father Dominic Garromone, OSB, known as the “bread-making monk,” will give a demonstration at St. John Neumann School in Maryville on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. He is appearing to help raise funds for improvements to the two Catholic cemeteries in Troy. He is presenting “One Dough, Three Ways” and will demonstrate how to make and then prepare three recipes from the single dough.
Since a parish consolidation in 1992, St. Jerome Parish has been responsible for the two cemeteries: St. Jerome Cemetery on Troy-Scott Road and St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery off Troy-Scott Road on Lebanon Road in a settlement area called Blackjack. Both cemeteries have burials dating back to the 1800s.
“Both cemeteries are in need of replacement of the roadbeds as well as work to reroute rainwater and improve drainage,” said Chris Taylor, who is co-chairing the Bread Monk event with Sharon Jackson. “Increasing maintenance costs at the cemeteries have prohibited us from taking care of these issues in the past, and the need has now become urgent. We have a yearly solicitation in the summer for donations to the operating fund, and we have had two restaurant fundraisers in the past couple of years. However, a project of this magnitude will be costly.”
Taylor said she came up with the idea for raising funds after she attended a sold-out Father Dominic demonstration at Mater Dei High School in Breese. After watching Father Dominic’s PBS show Breaking Bread with Father Dominic and then seeing him in person, she proposed the demonstration idea to the eight-member cemetery board. Father Dominic agreed that it was a worthy cause and received the approval from the Abbot to do the show.
Father Dominic is a monk of St. Bede Abbey in Peru, Ill. He is head of the Religion Department at St. Bede Academy and is also the drama director. He has published two plays, was the host of his own PBS cooking show for several years and has written many cookbooks. His first children’s book Brother Jerome and the Angels in the Bakery was the recipient of several awards. He also is an online baking instructor at Craftsy.com. His demonstrations are packed full of bread do’s and don’ts and he is both lively and humorous.
Tickets for the event are $15 per person and are on sale now. There will be giveaways, refreshments and attendance prizes. Father Dominic will be available after the demonstration to sign cookbooks and meet guests. Ticket orders can be sent to: The Bread Monk Event, St. Jerome Church, 511 S. Main St., Troy, IL 62294.