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Wednesday, October 06, 2004
(abstracted from FAMILYCIRCLE)


When he joined the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank in Wisconsin, Father Bernard McCoy expected a life filled with prayer and meditation. He did'nt expect that he and his fellow monks would also be fulfilling orders for printer cartridges. "God decided to make use of my enterpreneurial talents, " say McCoy, who now runs LaserMonks, a for-profit company that sells compatible and remanufactured inkjet and laser printer cartidges via the Internet and Telephone mail order. McCoy's sales pitch is perfect: These cartridges "come with a spiritual rebate", he says. "The monks pray for you". This bonus is apparetnly good for business. In 2002 LaserMonksbrought in $2,000. A year later the gross spiked to $500,000. "And this year we're averaging $200,000 per month," says McCoy. Profits from the business keeps the abbey running and fund charitable causes including Camp Heartland for children with HIV and Tri Thuc Moi, a school for street kids in Vietnam. "We have a long tradition of service, hospitality and good works," says McCoy.

To sustain themselves, some monasteries produce bread, jam and other traditional products. Monasteries and nunneries in Italy produce liquors and beauty products. And let's not forget a French monk named Dom Perignon created champagne. McCoy confesses that LaserMonks benefits form people's curiosity about the monastic life. "People like monks," says McCoy."They think we're cool".
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