In his Rule For Monks St. Benedict states that Idleness is the enemy of the soul.
Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading (48:1).
When they live by the labor of their hands, as our fathers and the apostles did, then they are really monks (48:8).
Along with the daily chores of supporting community life and maintaining the various operations of a moderate size monastery we support ourselves by the baking of several varieties of Monks' Bread and Cakes.
Three days a week the brothers work in shifts at the various tasks involved in a large scale, modern bakery operation which provides the major source of the abbey's income. Our products are sold to a distributor who makes them available in food stores throughout the state. They are also available in our on-site bread store as well as on-line.
Visit our On-Line Store at monksbread.com.