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Oh Those Entrepeneurial Monks

I was channel-surfing toward the World Hockey Championships yesterday (Canada pummelled Norway, the poor bastards) when I halted on the CBC. They had a piece about the Trappist monks at New Melleray Abbey, who make caskets:

Our caskets and urns are understated in design, showing a preference for vintage, old-world joinery. Wood for the caskets comes in part from our own forests. It is our hope that the work of our hands will help nourish a return to a dignified spirituality of death.

Running a monastery is expensive, and I’m constantly fascinated by the creative entrepreneurial spirit of monks. I know of monks who make whiskey, fudge and fruit cake, among other things.

2 Responses to “Oh Those Entrepeneurial Monks”

  1. Gail

    I was staying with some friends near the Dutch/Belgian border about a month ago, and we biked to a monastery on the Belgian side called Achelse Kluis. They had an onsite brewery and a retail store with an IMPRESSIVE selection of food and booze.

    http://flickr.com/photos/gailontheweb/127667882/

  2. tony

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