Brad Geist is a Theology graduate of Benedictine College.
He grew up as a cradle Catholic who, during his freshman year in high school, rediscovered his Catholic faith the great love of Jesus Christ. Over the years he has fostered a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and a deep love of theology. During his time at Benedictine College, Brad founded a rosary business named Mediatrix Rosaries, which first sold twine rosaries and then beaded ladder rosaries. After college, he spent 3 years living as a Benedictine monk before discerning a return to lay life. He spent much of his time at the monastery selling the rosaries you see on this site for the benefit of St. Benedict’s Abbey. Though these rosaries are no longer “monk-made,” they are still made with the same careful attention to quality, beauty and strength.
Brad is currently living in Kansas City, MO and works as a pest control technician in addition to running Benedict’s Beads.
Ciera Peterson is a Theology student of Benedictine College.
Growing up in a small town outside of Wahoo, Nebraska (yes, there really is such a place!), she grew up in the Faith attending the local Catholic school and going to Sunday Mass at the small farming parish in the next town over. After making the Catholic faith her own during her junior year of high school, she began to pursue a way of life that would foster her beliefs and help encourage others on their own journeys of faith. This led her to Benedictine College to pursue a degree in theology. It was here that she dove into the depths of her Marian devotion by joining the Legion of Mary, which – at the time – was led by the monk Br. Benedict Mary Geist (later Brad Geist), founder of Benedict’s Beads. The pair remained close friends after his discernment out of St. Benedicts Abbey, and she now assists with the making of high-quality and beautiful ladder rosaries.