This week’s Catholics in New Media will highlight a tiny, tech savvy group of Benedictine nuns in the United Kingdom. I don’t know a lot about them yet, but they seem to be doing an excellent job of integrating the tools of technology into the living out of their vocation.
The Benedictine nuns of Holy Trinity Monastery are located in East Hendred, UK - in the Roman Catholic diocese of Portsmouth - where they are committed to searching for God according to St Benedict’s threefold pattern of prayer, work and study. One of the things that makes them unique is that a lot of their work is digital. And they are using their website and other technology as an effective way to share their vocation with the world.
Aside from creating audio books for the blind and digital books for online, their website also offers podcasts, video, real-time web conferences with them, pictures of their work and life, a blog, a forum, and you can follow them on Twitter, too. Oh, and you can submit prayer requests directly to them through their website. I don’t think they’ve left anything out!
They also have some income-earning endeavors as well. They include Veilnet (a web design company), Veilpress (a print design company) and Veilshop (an online store). Veilnet describes itself as “simple, stylish web design by the Benedictines of Holy Trinity Monastery.” It is certainly that.
In fact, their own website is extremely stylish and simple. That’s one of the best things about it, really. It’s one thing to have a lot of stuff on your website. It’s another to have it still be user-friendly and easy on the eyes when you get done. They did a great job. And their site actually won the “People’s Choice” award in the 2009 Christian Web and New Media Awards (UK). It’s definitely worth checking them out.
Here’s a pic of them: