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01-13-2011 09:06 PM

Brought a tear to my eye.

Jan. 13, 2011
Christina Taylor Greene (AP/Mark
Henle, Arizona Republic)

Report: Monks Handmake Christina
Green’s Casket

A 160-Year-Old Catholic Abbey in Iowa Makes, Donates Casket to Family of 9-
Year-Old Tucson Shooting Victim, CNN Says
(CBS) The family of the youngest victim of the Tucson massacre
was honored by a group of Trappist monks from Peosta, Iowa, who
made and donated the casket for 9-year-old Christina Taylor
Greene’s funeral, CNN reports.
The 160-year-old New Melleray Abbey has been making caskets
since 1999, and have a regular program for donating caskets to
families in mourning specifically designed for children, according
to its website.

“At our discretion, we frequently donate or discount child caskets
to families,” the website states.

A spokesperson for the abbey told CNN that Green’s family had reached out to them after the shooting, and
the casket arrived in Tucson Wednesday morning.
“We didn’t want to send an adult coffin that would be too big, we wanted something just for her,” said the

The casket was crafted from red oak, and was made especially for Green, the spokesperson said. The lid of the
casket was inscribed with her name, date of birth and death, and a cross. The family also will receive five
small keepsake crosses hewn from the same wood as the casket.

The abbey’s website states that they strive to produce caskets in an eco-friendly way because of a “spiritual
mandate to practice responsible stewardship.” They say they often make the caskets from wood taken from
their own 1,200-acre forest.

“We view our casket business as a ministry – a corporal work of mercy,” the website states. “We hope to
impart a sense of sanctity into all that we make.”

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 09:38 PM

Truely touching Neil. Thanks for linking it.

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 10:09 PM

A really nice gesture on there part.

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 10:25 PM

That’s a neat detail- to include crosses for the family made from the same wood. What a horrible tragedy, but such a sweet gesture by the abbey

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 11:30 PM

Thanks Neil!

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 11:31 PM

It is so nice to see the good in people for a change. So much gets said of the terrible things some people do that the good seems to be sidelined. Peace.

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 12:19 AM

Neil, thanks for sharing those are good people.


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#7 posted 01-14-2011 12:21 AM

Thank you for sharing Neil.

A dark day of mourning for all. The Catholic Abbey where these are made
has a special fund set up (you can donate too) specifically for child caskets.
Their labor for each is part of their calling to “pray without ceasing”.
Truly a difficult and emotional calling to serve for a purpose such as this.

May God Bless Us All,


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#8 posted 01-14-2011 02:43 AM

Thanks Neil.
Those monks have a special place in Heaven waiting for them.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 04:07 AM

Hi Neil,
Thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 01-15-2011 12:16 AM

Wonderful people, may they be blessed.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 01-15-2011 12:37 AM

The trappist casket builders are pretty interesting.

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#13 posted 01-15-2011 02:02 AM

Thanks for the post Neil.

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#14 posted 01-15-2011 05:28 AM


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