Our story begins with the words of Jesus, "Do this in memory of me..."
Throughout history devout women have been privileged to make bread for the sacred liturgy.
This tradition has been handed down from generation to generation in our own Congregation and is a particular expression of our dedication to Christ in the Eucharist. Altar bread production is a fundamental means of income for us, sustaining our contemplative lifestyle and enabling our direct participation in the faith life of the Church. It also goes with our desire to provide the 'bread of life.'
Our pioneer sisters baked breads over an open fire in a cast iron baker with hinged plates and a long handle. In 1910 when we started distributing breads, production methods began to change.
With advanced technology and the help of dedicated employees, production has grown to over 2 million breads baked each week at our monastery in Clyde, Missouri. Through years of love and labor our sisters have refined this skill to an art and maintained the highest standard for quality. It has been our privilege to supply bread for churches in the US, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Canada, Ireland, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and on the high seas.
The story continues with the words of Jesus, "I am with you always."
The bread that becomes the Body of Christ in the sacred liturgy lives on in the members of His Body - where He dwells until the end of time. It is a distinct privilege to provide nourishment for the Body of Christ through the work of our hands. We are grateful to our loyal patrons who have supported us through the years, and welcome the opportunity to supply new customers with the bread of life.