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A Word From The “New Guy On The Block”

While I’ve never lived with the thought that I am defined by my career, I have always been blessed to be in a position I am proud to hold. I see work as a means to support my family, but I also see my work as an avenue to serve the Lord. If you’re able to do something you love that’s just icing on the cake.

I’ve spent the last 10 years of my professional career writing for local newspapers in my hometown community. It’s been a wonderful experience getting to share stories of great moments that impact people’s lives. I decided to make a professional shift in order to get hours that are closer matched to my family’s in hopes to spending more time as a husband and father.

Living in rural Missouri I never imagined that I’d be fortunate enough to step out of the newspaper gig and land in a similar position. Finding myself at the Conception Abbey and The Printery House doing something just as fun – assisting in card development and marketing through graphic design – I have found that God truly does works in mysterious ways.

As a Christian I’ve always enjoyed touting that I am “spreading the good news” through my job as a reporter. While not every story was Christian-based, they were always positive in spirit and brought joy to the reader. This stands in contrast to the news we have become accustomed to from things like TV and social media. I told my editors that I refused to be an “ambulance chaser” that reported on things like wrecks. While reporting in this way may increase readership, I never wanted to portray the worst experiences in someone’s life. I did unfortunately have to cover some big events in the community that had a negative impact, but with the caveat of how someone is making the best of the situation or used my platform to assist that individual through their hardship.

As I begin this new chapter in my career working at The Printery House, I can continue to boast that I help spread the good news, but this time it can be the Good News of our salvation through Christ. There is a joy and peace knowing that I am part of something that can have such a great impact in someone’s life. My hope is that you will also feel that joy when you purchase something from us.

I look forward to working with you, our friends, and hope to hear from you all as I continue to work on stationery customization through graphic design here at The Printery House.

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Conception Abbey Basilica

Conception Abbey’s Basilica of the Immaculate Conception celebrates its 125th anniversary this week. Here’s a bit of history on this wonderful and inspiring place. The Printery House is part of Conception Abbey’s mission to proclaim the Gospel and share the Christian faith through the creation and distribution of printed products and contemporary religious art. In making a purchase from The Printery House, you share in the apostolic labors of the monks of Conception Abbey.

Hymns of the Bible

Music was an essential part of the worship of ancient Israel and of the early Christian liturgy because of its powerful effect upon our human experience and its ability to raise mind and heart to God. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, one can find passages that were once parts of ancient hymns and songs. The 2016 Printery House wall calendar Hymns of the Bible features each month some of the most beautiful of these ancient songs for your reflection and prayer. May these hymns taken from the inspired Word of God be your companion throughout the year and assist you in making a joyful noise to the Lord! This year’s calendar is printed on very high quality matte finish paper that is easy to write on and erase! Available as a wall calendar, desk calendar, and/or pocket calendar.PH2016S

Roses in December

The image of “roses in December” calls to mind Our Lady of Guadalupe and how roses blooming in December helped Juan Diego convince a skeptical Bishop.

In the card shown below, Mary is dressed in a blue mantle and light red patterned robe reminiscent of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She holds Jesus in her left hand and three roses in her right hand. Also shown is an Our Lady of Guadalupe statue, icon, and music box that plays “Ave Maria.”