Brother Haavar Simon Nilsen is quite easily to spot in a crowd. He always wears his large white and black robe with the beads attached to his belt. However, that is where the catholic stereotype stops. He is originally a bricklayer and he drinks way too much beer and smokes way too much on the weekends (his words). He does not isolate himself in the monastery as most of the other brothers, rather on the contrary, the days I spent with Haavar Simon was more busy than my busiest weekday. He follows the pope on facebook and he has his own blog where he writes in nynorsk. He is the modern monk.

Created by Sara Nordby, documentary photographer and photojournalist, 2014.