Category: Christian Greeting Cards

Open for Business to Help You Cope with COVID-19

Updated May 11, 2020

Our regular employees are back at work, eager to fill your orders quickly. Our customer service hours are now 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM Central Time.

With the return of our employees, we are now once again able to entertain requests for custom work.

Note about expedited shipping: The increased rates for expedited shipping are still in effect. Due to additional surcharges being added by FedEx for expedited services, we are raising our rates for expedited shipping options by $1.00. For 2-Day shipping, add an additional $18.00 (instead of $17.00) to the base rate. For Next Day shipping, add an additional $29.00 (instead of $28.00) to the base rate. Also please note that FedEx is not guaranteeing delivery times on any services, and we therefore are not able to guarantee those services.

March 20, 2019

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, while we remain open for business, all of us at The Printery House at Conception are concerned about the safety and well-being of our customers, families, and friends.

Our hearts are with those of you who have been personally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as well the communities and businesses around the world that are taking extreme measures to slow the spread of this virus.

Do Not Fear Framed Print

The Printery House at Conception is currently operating on our regular hours and committed to continuing our ministry and service to you while also ensuring the health and safety of all of our employees. For over 60 years, we have proudly served you by sharing the Christian faith through the creation and distribution of Christian greeting cards, Christmas cards, Catholic prayer cards, and other contemporary religious are and Catholic gifts. We remain committed to our mission of bringing the Gospel to every person and every situation, especially the difficult ones. We are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our employees, their work, and your orders. At this time, the virus has not yet reached our rural area, but we are making preparations in the event we have to send employees home for their safety. If that occurs, we hope that our monks, who live here on campus, will be able to keep our business open and maintain at least a portion of our day to day operations and continue serving you. We realize that being able to send a card to a loved one may be one of the only forms of personal communication left during this time of isolation. For this reason, we are doing all we can to ensure our continued service to you during this difficult time.

For more details about the precautions, the entire campus of Conception is taking visit, www.conceptionabbey.org/information-regarding-coronavirus-covid-19.

Be assured of our continued prayers for all of you and those ill and affected by these recent events.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-322-2737 or sales@printeryhouse.org. As any updates become available, they will be posted here.

The Printery House at Conception: Living the Benedictine Tradition

Christmas 2018

Our Christmas catalog is here and should be arriving on your doorstep any day!

Browse through the pages to find our hottest new Christmas cards and gifts as well as Advent readings and resources. It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit!

Also, don’t forget to check out our new online design software! You can be the designer and get the just the right look you want for your holiday greeting cards right from your own home. With personalized cards and envelopes sent right to your doorstep, you’ll be checking off your holiday list now and enjoying your Christmas later.

Understanding Religious Profession

Two monks making vows at their religious profession

Religious Profession – What is it?

First, I’d like to clarify the meaning of the term “religious profession.” It refers to an event, not a job. The reference is to making or “professing” vows as a way of committing to a religious community. This usually occurs in a formal ceremony. It may also include the giving of a new name. Think of it like marriage. The couple professes vows in a public ceremony. Then their family and friends recognize them as in a way being different people. They will celebrate the anniversary of this event as long as they both live.

The Vows

The most common vows for Catholic religious are chastity, poverty, and obedience. However, as Benedictine monks, our explicit vows are a bit different. We profess obedience to the abbot, stability in the community,
and fidelity to the monastic way of life. The way of life includes chastity and personal poverty by implication (and according to our Constitution).

More Definitions

As further clarification, “religious” is used as a noun to refer to someone who has made the religious vows. “Profession” is used in this context as a noun referring to the event. To be explicit one could say “profession of vows.” In most uses, however, “profession” implies the vows just like “marrying” does.

Profession vs. Ordination

Furthermore, religious profession is not the same as ordination. In fact, we consider them two separate yet compatible vocations. Men as well as women profess religious vows. Men who do this are “brothers.” Professed women are “sisters.” If a male religious is also ordained a priest, the usual form of address is “Father” instead. Priests usually have pastoral and sacramental ministries. Brothers and sisters, on the other hand, are devoted to non-sacramental work and prayer. Both are vital to the life of the Church.

Sister Sophie

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Meet Sister Sophie…one of the characters featured in cards created by the Printery House. Sister Sophie shines with the light of Christ and shares it generously. She loves God and it shows in her attitude and actions. To her, life is a blessing, often seasoned with humor. Frequently found with her dog Gracie, Sister Sophie greets each day in the spirit of Christian
​hope, gratitude, and especially joy. Sister Sophie can help you to brighten someone’s birthday with her soft, sweet humor.