Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Monks' Business

The Trappists of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey in Oregon are bookbinders. Learn about their craft in the Catholic Sentinel and how they're adapting in the ever-changing economic conditions we're all facing.

From the piece...

“We’re working to adapt,” says Brother Chris Balent, who designed the bindery site. “We do the best we can. We’re not businessmen, we’re monks.”

A steady base of about 30 colleges, especially Portland State University, has been the mainstay of the monks’ book work. It’s the largest of the enterprises at the abbey, also known for making fruitcake, managing a forest and storing wine for local vineyards.

But now the schools are turning more and more to putting periodicals, dissertations and other research in online collections.

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