Thank you!

Ciera (the new co-owner of Benedict’s Beads) and I would like to take the to thank you for your patience during our transition time as we prepared for our wedding, got married, went on honeymoon, and dealt with the aftermath as we both got settled in to our new home.  We are happy to say that we are now fully operational for at least a few weeks now and plugging along nicely.  We could not be more grateful for your patience during this time and we look forward to serving your rosary needs in the future.

In Christ through Mary,

Brad and Ciera Geist

 

REMINDER: NEW ADDRESS!!!

We wanted to ask everyone to please take note of Benedict’s Beads new address: 8650 NE Sam Ray Road, Kansas City, MO 64156. Do not send any repairs or donations to the Raytown address: we are no longer located there and the post office has been failing to forward our business mail. For the safety of your rosaries, please be sure to double check the address before sending them out, as we will be unable to retrieve your package if sent to the incorrect address.

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A New Change of Address

As mentioned in our previous blog post, Ciera and I are getting ready to get married and with that comes a new address where we will begin our married life and, consequently, where we will be moving the business.  The new address is

Benedict’s Beads
C/O Brad Geist
8650 NE Sam Ray Road
Kansas City, MO 64156

If you have sent us a package to our old address in the last few days, please do not panic!  We still have a month of rent left with that house and will be checking the mail every week or two.  We are also having our mail forwarded as well.  But please send any new packages with your rosary repairs, ladderizations, or donations to the address above.  Thank you!

In Christ through Mary,

Brad Geist and Ciera Peterson

Benedict’s Beads

We’re Getting Married! – Delays to Come

As Ciera and I approach our wedding day in a little more than a month, we are anticipating some scheduling changes that will affect our work with Benedict’s Beads. As some of you may know, it is just the two of us spending our evenings and weekends to provide you with beautiful ladder rosaries. With this on top of marriage preparation, moving into a new home, and our full time jobs – it is going to be difficult to keep our sanity here in our last months before married life! This hard truth leads us to the difficult decision that some of the time we delegate to Benedict’s Beads is needed more in other aspects of our lives at the moment. We will still strive to continue to work on your orders/repairs as we are able, but please expect the following delays as we prepare ourselves for the Sacrament of Marriage:

  • Orders/repairs placed before May 12th, 2019 will be completed in a timely manner and will be mailed out as soon as possible.
  • Orders/repairs placed after May 12th, 2019 will likely be delayed and will be worked on at the discretion of the rosary makers throughout the remaining weeks of May and the full month of June. The closer we get to our wedding day, the less time we will be able to delegate to Benedict’s Beads, so all orders/repairs will be first come, first serve. Responses to emails may also be delayed during this time. Should you choose rush ordering at this time, your position in our order queue will be bumped forward, but we cannot guarantee when orders will be completed until after July 1st.
  • Regular operation will resume July 1st, 2019!

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this busy time. We are so grateful for you, our customers, and are looking forward to continuing to serve you by providing high quality work! As always, thank you for choosing Benedict’s Beads!

In Christ through Mary,

Brad Geist

Benedict’s Beads

First Communion Rosaries

We are now approaching that time of year when many young Catholics will be receiving our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for the very first time. What a beautiful time it is! Our Church family comes together to celebrate with the joyful First Communicants, oftentimes presenting them with gifts to help them remember their special day. Here at Benedict’s Beads, we’ve worked on many beautiful rosaries that our customers received at their First Holy Communion, some rosaries having even been passed down from generation to generation. We believe that a beautiful, high-quality rosary is the perfect First Communion gift. As Mary is present at every celebration of the Eucharist, is it not fitting to also call to mind our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament when praying to His mother in the rosary? What better way to do this than to pray with the rosary that was given to you on the day that you first received Jesus in the Eucharist? We offer stunning First Communion ladder rosaries that are guaranteed to last a lifetime of prayerful use. Why not make your loved-one’s First Communion even more memorable by gifting them with a Benedict’s Beads First Communion rosary?

Now Offering First Communion Rosaries!

We are now offering First Communion Rosaries for that special first communicant in your life.  Rosaries are excellent First Communion gifts because as the child begins to dive deeper into their faith, the Rosary is an excellent devotion to return to.  You can find our First Communion rosaries under our new Seasonal Collection tab, including a special order form that can allow you to buy up to 20 rosaries at a time if you’re looking to buy for an entire class.

Introducing Our Seasonal Collection

We are now offering our new Seasonal Collection, with rosaries for every season and the special occasions within the liturgical year! Do you have a particular devotion to the season of Lent or absolutely love Christmastime? You can now choose from rosaries with colors, crucifixes and medals that can help you dive more deeply into the spirit of these seasons! Also check out our selection of beautiful First Communion rosaries – a great gift for your First Communicant or for someone with a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.  Check back in time for new additions!

Coming Soon: Special Edition Rosaries!

Starting new this year we will be offering rare, one-of-a-kind special edition rosaries on our Etsy store. These will be made from the stunning and unique beads that we have received from donations or that we have picked up when we’ve spent a little too much time in the craft store! From shimmering Czech glass to lustrous freshwater pearls, you never know what amazing finds we’ll have to offer. Due to the rarity of these beads, only a couple rosaries will be offered in these styles, so don’t miss out! Be sure to favorite our Etsy page to stay up to date on our latest special edition rosaries. And don’t forget to check back to our website to see our classic collections, with new items being added frequently!

Meet our Newest Rosary Maker- Ciera!

IMG_0250I mentioned a couple of months ago that I was about to hire a new employee- a first in the history of Benedict’s Beads. Meet Ciera, from Philothea Surrendered.  Ciera is a senior at Benedictine College and a close friend of mine.  I have long been impressed with her rosary work and, as I continued to expand the business after leaving the monastery, decided to take her on as an employee.  We decided to ask Ciera some questions so that you can get to know her better.

Why do you like making rosaries?

I love working with my hands on various crafts, and, of these, beading is my longest-lasting serious hobby (having started when I was in the 5th grade). The reason I like making rosaries in particular is that it allows me to incorporate my faith – particularly my love for the Blessed Mother – into my work, allowing it to glorify God in a beautiful way, as well to help others to draw closer to Christ through their use of my rosaries.

What was the first rosary you’ve ever made?

18788109_1208499225927590_600477478_nThe first rosary that I made was made of blue-green and yellow glass beads strung and knotted onto a brown leather cord (which, after having gone through the laundry a couple times, was quickly replaced with wire). That was back when I was in junior high school! The next time that I would make a beaded rosary would not be until I encountered Benedict’s Beads during my freshman year of college. Now it seems like I always have an excuse to make a new rosary – I just can’t seem to stop!

What’s your favorite rosary to have made so far?

18816926_1208499222594257_835073107_nMy favorite rosary that I have “made” up to this point is actually one that I hadn’t designed myself, but one that I had repaired, as the situation was such a personal one. Long story short, I had forgotten my First Communion rosary in the pocket of my school uniform, it went through the wash, and the Hail Mary beads were completely stripped of their pearlescent paint. After many months of debate with myself, I made up my mind to replace the damaged beads, and was pleasantly surprised by the results. The rosary that had meant so much to me and that I thought was past the point of use looked better than ever before!

What excites you about working for Benedict’s Beads?

The fact that I get to make beautiful rosaries for people on a daily basis is probably one of the most exciting aspects of being a part of Benedict’s Beads. Ever since I learned about this company, I wanted to, in some way, be involved. At the time, Benedict’s Beads was restricted to monks-only, which makes me all the more grateful now that I do have the ability to be a part of its ministry.

Why is the rosary important to you?

Aside from being my favorite devotion, the rosary – to me – is a profound way for me to grow in my relationship with Momma Mary and her Son. It’s repetition of prayers has a soothing effect when I have the need to unwind, and at times it can become very intimate, as there is no bottom to the depths of the mysteries that are meditated on. The rosary also has a unique way of unifying those who pray it together – some of my deepest friendships have been formed around praying the rosary together on an at least weekly basis. And then there’s just the fact that holding the beads during prayer is something quite comforting – almost like one is holding on to Momma Mary’s hand while talking to her about your life.

1529780_631504293627089_327629707784584927_oHow would you describe your relationship with the Blessed Virgin?

My relationship with Momma Mary easily be described as that between a mother and daughter, especially in light of making my Total Consecration three years ago. She has very much been a mother to me in my spiritual life, guiding and supporting me when I need her, rejoicing with me in the good times, and – of course – being extremely patient with me in my stubborn moments! She has shown me that I can trust her with a childlike trust in everything that arises on my journey toward her Son.

Do you have any good rosary stories?

I do have one story that comes to mind, but is probably more ironic than anything else! It is also my first full memory in relation to my Catholic faith. I was probably five at the time – give or take a year – and I think I had just got a new rosary bracelet and a picture book on how to pray the rosary from our local Catholic store. I wanted to use my new items, so I asked my mom to teach me how to pray the rosary. We sat down on our living room rug and she began to walk me through praying with the book. Well, as you can imagine, the repetition soon became boring for my little five-year-old mind, and when my mom read yet again “Pray 10 Hail Mary’s,” I let out (jokingly) an exasperated sigh “Again?” I thought I was being funny, but my mom was not amused. If only we both knew just how significant the rosary would become later in my life! Now I can only thank both my biological and my spiritual moms for their patience with their little girl as she slowly grew in maturity of faith!

We welcome Ciera to Benedict’s Beads!