God can be found in even ordinary things….like soap. But Abbey Scented Soaps are more than just suds; they are infused with Holy Water by Sister Cathleen Marie, who also says a prayer for the person who will be using the soap. Sister Cathleen Marie, called the “Soap Sister,” is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the monastic community near Clyde, Missouri—just a couple miles from The Printery House. The Soap Sister handcrafts Abbey Scented Soaps in 44 exclusive scents for The Printery House. These soaps are made with natural ingredients that nourish the skin—shea and cocoa butters, olive, coconut, palm, and almond oils.
Pictured here is Sister Cathleen Marie with a Wanda, a volunteer; in the next picture Sr. Cathleen is preparing her “Scrub Stuff, “ a wonderful exfoliant. Born in California, Sister Cathleen entered the Benedictine Sisters in 1967. The Soap Sister feels that she is glorifying God through the work of her hands. And when you use her handcrafted soap, you are remembered in prayer…a heavenly combination of bubbles and blessings.
Do you know a friend or family member who is on the long journey of recovery from hip or knee surgery? Perhaps you know someone who has tried to quit an addiction and is still struggling. The Abbey Christian Care cards in the “Recovery Collection” were created specifically to provide encouragement, comfort ,and support for these challenging times. The “Recovery Collection” offers cards that serve as reminders to friends and family that God is there each step of the way during recovery, whether it’s rehab through a 12-step program or during physical therapy after hip or knee surgery. Show loved ones you’re there for them…one step, one day, one prayer at a time.
We’d like to introduce you to two people you may have spoken with if you place a Printery House order by phone…Helen and Amy. In addition to taking phone orders when things get really busy, Helen is our Assistant Director and her daughter, Amy, is our Marketing Director. They make a dynamic mother-daughter team here at The Printery House. In her spare time, Helen creates beautiful quilts . Amy really has no spare time since she’s the mother of two adorable yet active little boys and is expecting her third child in late July. In preparation for this happy event, Grandmother Helen has already created two quilts for the baby…one in pink; the other in blue. We’ll let you know in late July whether Amy will be using the pink or the blue quilt!
In response to numerous requests to purchase the delicious granola served at Abbey Retreats, Father Guerric Letter, Kitchenmaster at Conception Abbey, together with The Printery House is pleased to announce Abbey Oven Granola.
Abbey Oven Granola is handmade from scratch the old-fashioned way by the Benedictine Monks of Conception Abbey. Abbey Oven Granola provides healthy, preservative-free food for the body and refreshment for the soul. Your purchase also supports the good works of the monastery.
Fr. Guerric Letter currently runs the kitchen here at the Abbey and is excited about getting Abbey Oven Granola off the ground as a new and exciting apostolate here at Conception.
Fr. Guerric Letter, the youngest of ten children, was raised on a dairy farm just outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin. After high school he came to Conception as a college freshman studying for the Diocese of Green Bay. He entered the monastery in 2002, made his first profession in 2003, and earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Conception Seminary College in 2005. In 2012, Fr. Guerric received a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He completed the pastry program in the Culinary Studies Department at Johnson County Community College in 2014. If you attend a retreat at Conception Abbey, you might see Fr. Guerric supervising the kitchen and dining areas.