Thu 20 Oct, 2011
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Entrance, Gift Shop, Hospitality, St. Benedict
Creating altar breads is our main source of income to support our contemplative life. However, we also make several handcrafted items, including fragrant soaps and lotions, rosaries and pottery, along with publishing several books.
We sell these items online at www.monasterycreations.com but also have a few available at our monasteries for visitors to purchase.
In the past, these items were on display at our Clyde monastery in what we tongue-in-cheek called the “gift shop hallway.” We didn’t have the appropriate space for an actual gift shop. Instead, we had a few shelves that lined a long hallway. It wasn’t pretty, but it served its purpose.
So we are excited the renovations created a new space for us – an actual gift shop! It will be located off the main entry (you can see the doorway on the right):
The main entry will also include the information and welcome center for the portress, a small office for her and a parlor (through the doorway on the right) where guests and visitors may sit while waiting for Sisters.
All in all, these new areas will be welcoming and filled with warmth and grace – all testaments to St. Benedict’s Rule of treating each guest as if she or he were Christ himself.
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