"In a monastic setting, the community takes responsibility for providing sustenance to each member, and the community assigns tasks to each member. Labor has no earning power, and bread is provided for free. When life is structured in this way, the worker is free to focus on the intrinsic value of the work itself. More important, work done and services rendered are gifts to others just as much as material goods are gifts....For St Benedict, doing work that is useful to others is part and parcel of serving each other in love."

—Abbot Andrew Marr  OSB
Tools for Peace


In the monastic tradition both prayer and work are partners in our search for and service of God. We also depend on the work of our hands for a measure of our material support. The artisans of our community are responsible for the production of various crafts which are sold through our Shop.

All of our work is meant to aid our growth into a way of being that makes prayer of all activities, to transform every least task into one of love for Christ.