Monastic artwork and crafts
"Rejoicing that they can fulfill the design of the Creator and be associated with the work of the Redeemer,
the nuns should readily give themselves to work with all their powers of mind and heart as well as their gifts of nature and grace."
- Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers, number 104
A certain portion of each sister's day is given to work, some of which finds its form in manual labour. Much more than simply a way to help earn our monastery's daily bread, this work is an opportunity to work with God in a spirit of silent adoration and prayer, rejoicing that we can use our hands to create beauty alongside Him who is "Beauty, ever ancient, ever new", as St. Augustine wrote.
Our monastery's gift shop is home to an ever-increasing variety of handmade goods created by our sisters, a selection of which you can see below. From rosaries and handmade soap, to larger-scale sculptures and religious artwork, each piece is prayerfully handcrafted out of love for God. If you have inquiries about Dominican Monastic Art, please click here
The sisters in our woodworking shop create an assortment of small projects, ranging from small cedar boxes to crosses and other designs, many of which are built from locally harvested wood. As one sister puts it, "As if it wouldn't be enough for God to make trees beautiful on the outside, He decided to make their insides beautiful too—and I love discovering His craftmanship in every piece of wood."
We also build prayer-meditation benches, which allow one to maintain a semi-seated-kneeling position quite comfortably without straining one's back or knees, or developing asleep feet! Each bench can be tailored to an individual's preferences of wood, finish and dimensions.
Mounted icon prints and sculpture
Made from a variety of natural ingredients and essential oils, each batch of soap is handcrafted, poured into a wooden mold and left to cure overnight in the soap workshop. After being sliced into bars, the fresh soap cures for at least three weeks before being handwrapped and set out for sale in our giftshop. Soaps range from plain and gentle to (ever increasing) varieties like Autumn Breeze, which is inspired by the smell of the forest behind our monastery in the fall (green tea and a combination of cedarwood, orange, eucalyptus, nutmeg and citronella essential oils).
We also sell delicious "wildflower honey" harvested on our property. (Available on a seasonal basis only).