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.
In a quote from Francis of Assisi lies rich inspiration for the religious greeting cards created by The Printery House: “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
When it comes to sharing faith, peace, hope and encouragement in written form, The Printery House has been perfecting the process for 60 years. Cards are still made on-site in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri, as they have been since the beginning of the apostolic work of the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey, and now you can enjoy a behind-the-scenes look that was recently made available in video format.
In December 2013, Rural Missouri magazine visited The Printery House at Conception Abbey, Missouri, and captured excellent video footage to complement a feature story in the December issue. Camera work of the production process shows you glimpses of how the work is done, which in many ways, has remained refreshingly similar to its beginnings six decades ago.
The Printery House cards are made on-site, in the USA, with hand-lettering and artwork from the monks and artists themselves. New designs are prepared throughout the year, and many buyers return for classic favorites that have become part of their traditions for special events. The time, attention and dedication that goes into every card makes these a true stand-out among religious greeting cards nationwide, as well as globally.
In the recent Rural Missouri video, you’ll see gorgeous images of the grounds of Conception Abbey and a view of the work inside The Printery House that makes each card part of a much larger ministry. Father Adam Ryan, operating manager at The Printery House, explains that the cards provide messages to share with others across all ages.
How is a Printery House card made?
A card starts with an idea in the mind of the creative director, who sends the idea to one or more artists. The message is refined by writers at the same time, and then moves through an in-house review and critique of the card. Next it moves to production – and this includes the paper, format, and special features.
The Printery House cards are printed on both traditional and digital presses. After printing, they are cut, embossed, and sent to a special room just for creasing and folding the cards. The fulfillment department completes the order, which is mailed in classic format via the U.S. Postal Service.
It’s not just about the process; Father Ryan notes there’s a real bond and a physical connection between the sender and the receiver of a card. The tagline “Send something you believe in” captures the faith and belief of the The Printery House team toward their products, and also the mission of the cards themselves. He says the monks and staff at The Printery House “hope that in opening a card, anyone will know their value in the eyes of God and feel loved, cared for and have a sense of purpose and mission that they too can spread the same peace and encouragement to others.”
You’re invited to take a moment today to view in video format the story of this card-creating legacy, and share the mission with others in your life. View the Rural Missouri footage here.
Consumers aren’t afraid to shop online for their Christmas needs. In fact, a recent consumer report says that around 25 percent of consumers find shopping online more convenient than getting out and fighting the crowds in the stores.
eCustomerService Index said in its report that of the 2,000 consumers surveyed, a quarter of them preferred surfing the web for deals. Just more than 40 percent said they don’t like waiting in line, getting little to no help from the understaffed stores and dealing with overcrowded stores and that they’d rather shop online.
Not surprisingly, around 96 percent said they’d do some of their Christmas shopping online, and around 50 percent said they’d do at least half of their shopping online and the other half at stores.
Consumers are no longer hovering over their desktops to shop – about 65 percent said they would use their mobile devices to shop. Just a few years ago, online shopping through mobile devices accounted for .4 percent of sales. This holiday season retailers expect to see about 35 percent of all online purchases being bought through mobile devices.
Retailers know that they need to be where consumers are going, so they’re reacting by beefing up their online services in an effort to attract more consumers and to give them a better online shopping experience.
Did you know that online shopping in its earliest incarnation involved pizza? As early as 1995, Pizza Hut gave their customers an online option in ordering a pie. But 1995 was also the year that eBay and Amazon.com got their start. Nobody could have predicted then what these online companies would become today.
Online stores are open 24 hours a day and offer the ease of convenience that consumers are looking to attain. Another advantage to shopping online is that many online stores offer a tab where customers can add a review of the product. Shoppers get a detailed account of why the product is exceptional or why it should be avoided. Experts write some reviews while actual consumers write others.
Inspirational gifts like those offered by The Printery House, offering Christian greeting cards and gifts, are also available online. Mugs, ornaments and hand-crafted Christmas cards as well as many other items are available to consumers quickly and easily through the company’s website. If you’re looking for inspirational gifts produced by people that are truly inspired, consider The Printery House, which is staffed by monks and artist employees at Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery located in rural Northwest Missouri.
One of the new products being introduced by The Printery House this holiday season includes a “Thanking God at Christmas” deep dish pie plate, which has a prayerful message at the bottom of the dish. Other new products are here just in time for your online Christmas shopping. Take a few minutes to shop in the comfort of your own home.
Regardless of instant texts and emails, there’s nothing like the feeling of dropping a handwritten card into the mailbox knowing it’s going to brighten someone’s day soon… or finding a card underneath your typical bills or junk mail pieces. It instantly brings a little joy to your day.
In this fast-paced life many of us live, there’s something that’s extra special and inspiring about sending religious greeting cards that are monastery-made, with artistic input from monks who are living their faith daily. One source, The Printery House, is still creating cards with the ideas and talent of the monks of Conception Abbey.
For 60 years, The Printery House has been creating cards at the shop in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri, which supports the monastic work of the Abbey. Monks have incorporated lettering, artwork, writing and production tasks into their daily routines for decades and the messages are more like works of art than just mere religious greeting cards. The concept of monks working to help support missions and causes is far from new; it’s an ancient practice and can have very modern twists, such as a monastery in France that donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to area charities from serving guests at an upscale restaurant.
Unlike basic cards you might find at a grocery store checkout, somehow these cards seem inspired, and it’s certainly fun to ponder about the monks or artists who design them. No doubt silent prayers of hope, peace and encouragement have been completed as a monk or staff member puts the finishing touches on a design or a message. This produces not only a beautiful card but also brings with it extra care and prayers.
The desire for quality and faith-based messages remains strong today, as it was in the creation of The Printery House, with team members continuing to share their talents to lift people up while helping spread the Gospel. Take a minute today and check out the assortments and collections for religious greeting cards, Holy cards, prayer cards and other unique gift items offered by The Printery House – it’s truly a way to “send something you believe in” that will stand out to friends and loved ones.