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!

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5 New Things at Benedict’s Beads

1. We’re now an LLC!

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At the end of January, I registered Benedict’s Beads as an official Single-member Limited Liability Company, giving Benedict’s Beads the ability to have its own bank accounts and hire employees.  I am very excited for the direction that this business is headed.  I didn’t think when I started this business 6 years ago that I would ever reach this step.  It’s a very exciting but busy time for Benedict’s Beads!

2.  We’ve revamped the Rosary Studio

With a new business came the need for a better and more spacious work space.  So after a couple of trips to Ikea, I was able to get most of the furniture needed.  Tables, cabinets, and other storage helps to ensure that Benedict’s Beads is able to run quickly and efficiently.

3.  We’re adding to our Etsy Store

Up until a few weeks ago, our Etsy store was not worth looking at, but I’ve now added a large number of new listings and will continue to add more as time goes on.  If you enjoy shopping on Etsy, you will find most of our pre-designed rosaries and chaplets, as well as ready to order rosaries there.  We’ve also added the storefront to our Facebook page.  You can see our etsy store by clicking here.

4. We’ve added new forms to the website

We’ve now updated our ordering forms for Ladderizations and Tenner Rosaries so that you can now order these directly without having to contact us.  We will continue to add new ordering forms for the rest of the rosaries and chaplets in the coming month.

5.  We’re about to hire a new employee!

With the increase in business and marketing (not to mention the large influx of rosary repair requests and orders), we are going to be hiring a new employee.  We will be introducing her at a later time.  Check back in the next couple of weeks for news!

Rosary Bracelets and Etsy Store

DSCF7237You can now purchase rosary bracelets by going to our drop down tab under Rosaries and selecting rosary bracelets.  Additionally, we now have an Etsy store as well, though it is in its infancy.  You can visit the store at www.etsy.com/shop/benedictsbeads.  We hope you enjoy your shopping experience, and please keep us updated on any bugs you may encounter.  We hope to make it as smooth as possible.

 

Payment Forms Up!

As you know, we’re in a major transition and trying to get our business back up and running.  I am pleased to let you know that we now have payment forms up for three types of rosaries- Build A Rosary, Mini-Rosaries, and Wedding Rosaries.  Please visit these pages to place your order for these type of rosaries.  I am also happy to say that for these forms, you can now order up to 3 rosaries at a time through the same form.  We are working on getting the other forms up too and we ask for you patience as these come about.  Please, if you would like to order a rosary for a form that is not already up, contact us at benedictsbeads@gmail.com.

To make it easier for those who don’t know the prices, we have set up a page simply listing the prices of our rosaries which can be found here.

Happy shopping!

The Next Step for Benedict’s Beads

To my esteemed customers,

As I have posted on my other blog, The Slave of the Immaculate, I have requested a dispensation from my vows and will be returning to lay life.

This, of course, has implications for Benedict’s Beads.  As some of you may know, I brought this rosary business to St. Benedict’s Abbey as Mediatrix Rosaries and rechristened it Benedict’s Beads.  The Abbey has graciously agreed to let me keep the business and the name, since I was the only monk to make and sell the rosaries.  You can therefore be assured of the same quality of craftsmanship and care for any rosaries sold as well as a commitment to excellence in all things for the glory of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Benedict.

The Abbey has agreed to allow me to offer the Abbey rosary, with an exciting new centerpiece that I will unveil soon.  A percentage of the proceeds from the Abbey Rosary will go to support St. Benedict’s Abbey.  I will let you all know details as I discuss them with Fr. Maurice, the business manager.

I will be updating the website to reflect the new changes and, once I have registered the business with the state, will resume full, uninterrupted business.  I appreciate your patience.  I am still accepting timely orders by email at benedictsbeads@gmail.com.  Please do not hesitate if you need a rosary soon!

Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this new step of my life and sort out all the details of this transition.

In Christ through Mary,
Br. Benedict Mary, soon to be Brad, Geist

We’re on hold!

Due to the great generosity of so many Benedict’s Beads has had a flood of orders coming in and, since this rosary business is run by one monk, Br. Benedict is snowed under.  He has decided for the next few weeks, to suspend the order pages until he can catch up.  We are sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause.  If you have an order that is pressing, please email benedictsbeads@kansasmonks.org.

God bless!

We’re getting full!

As Christmas approaches, the number of orders that we get has skyrocketed.  Thank you so much for your interest in Benedict’s Beads and in monk-made rosaries.

This rosary business is run by a single monk- Br. Benedict- and so rosaries can only be made one at a time.  In addition to his normal duties as a monk, Br. Benedict also has three other jobs that has responsibility for- working with the Legion of Mary on campus, taking classes, and assistant sacristan- all of which are also getting busier and which he can not neglect.  While he is doing all that he can to be sure that your orders will make it to you on time, we can’t guarantee that any orders placed after today will make it by Christmas day (though we think we can make it by the end of the Christmas season).

We wish you a very fruitful Advent and a Merry Christmas!

Benedict’s Beads

Sacred Heart Sale!

We are currently hosting a Sacred Heart Sale, going through tomorrow the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.  We are currently offering $10.00 off of our custom made rosaries when you order a rosary with one of our many Sacred Heart Centerpieces!  We are also offering $10 off of our Sacred Heart Chaplets!  If you have never heard of this beautifully simple but profound prayer, please view our description page.  See the pictures of the chaplet below.  Click here to see our selection of centerpieces.  Get it before the sale ends!

Ready to Ship Rosaries!

Every once in a while, the number of orders slows down, Br. Benedict catches up, and he gets the opportunity to make a rosary simply for the fun of it.  These rosaries often make it down to our Abbey gift shop, but we now have them available here on BenedictsBeads.com!  We are happy to introduce Ready-to-Ship Rosaries, where you can browse the rosaries that we currently have completed and on hand.  These rosaries will ship in 1 business day, which guarantees that you can have it much sooner!  Enjoy our selection and keep checking back to see what Br. Benedict has been up to!

Mini-Rosaries now available!

Do you like super small rosaries?  Ever wanted a small Ladder Rosary?  We now have them available!  Introducing our super tiny, elegantly beautiful, and very handy Mini-Rosaries!  These rosaries are made with 4mm beads, which makes them significantly smaller than our normal 6mm rosaries that we offer throughout the store.  Just check out the comparison!

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You may be thinking, aren’t those too small for my fingers?  Surprisingly, no.  Br. Benedict has been carefully testing them and has found them just as usable as a normal rosary’s beads.

These rosaries can be ordered in Black, Garnet Red, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue, White Pearl, or any combination of those that you can think of!  Be sure to order yours today!