CONCEPTION, Mo. — The Printery House, a greeting card, gift and book store at Conception Abbey, a Roman Catholic Benedictine institution in eastern Nodaway County, has announced the appointment of Br. David Wilding as its new director.
Wilding’s responsibilities include sales, marketing, product development, personnel and finance.
Prior to being named director, Wilding supervised the shop’s retail and wholesale websites, administered its inventory database and contributed to communications efforts.
According to an abbey release, The Printery House serves a niche market for high-quality, American-made Christian greeting cards.
“Our customers frequently tell us that it is hard to find meaningful Christian cards from other sources,” Wilding said. “This is especially true for sacramental occasions such as first communion, confirmation and ordination.”
Printery House cards for clergy, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and Easter also fill a unique need, the release stated.
In addition the business offers custom printing services for area organizations and individuals.
Wilding said one of his goals will be to look for “new marketing opportunities to expand our customer base and increase sales so that we can better utilize the loyal workforce at The Printery House.”
The operation currently employs 16 year-round employees, three seasonal employees and three monks, including Wilding.
Profits provide support for Conception Abbey monks and Conception Seminary College, a four-year undergraduate college on the abbey campus that prepares young men for the priesthood.
The business’ website is located at www.printeryhouse.org.