by TaLeiza Calloway
The Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict are already thinking about the holidays.
The Christmas at Whitby Gift Shop in St. Joseph will open Saturday, Nov. 3 with new offerings.
In addition to pottery, silk scarves, needlework, candles, jewelry, cards and more made by the sisters, customers will find homemade candy made in the monastery kitchen. New this year is the addition of truffles, peanut brittle and caramel corn. Cracked-wheat bread mix from the monastery bakery will also be available.
“There will be a nice variety,” said Sister Karen Rose, OSB, who is the communications director for the monastery.
This variety includes art made by the nuns and local artists.
The Whitby Gift Shop is owned and operated by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict. It is located at 104 Chapel Lane, St. Joseph. Regular gift shop and gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed Mondays. The gift shop will open one hour earlier on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m.
The Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict is a community of religious women who are committed to enhancing the spiritual lives of others. The nuns serve in parishes, social-justice organizations and educational and health-care institutions that reflect the current needs of the church and the world.
For more information, call 320-363-7113 or visit www.sbm.osb.org.