By Tim Watt |
December 31, 2014
When the Trappist monks at St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, found themselves confronted with rising costs of senior care for members and maintenance for their monastery, they turned to a traditional source to raise money - brewing beer. The abbey's membership had dwindled from 150 in the 1950s to just 63 in 2014, with an average age of 70, the Boston Globe reported. That meant that fewer people were around to help with the upkeep of the facility, while those who remained were facing more health issues than ever. For Trappist monks, work is a vital part of religious life, and the monks at St. Joseph's thought that brewing beer could both keep them active and help them pay for their own health care and upkeep for the monastery, as it has for members of their order for centuries.