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Monky Business

Give us this day our daily fruitcake--yes, you can blend faith and business.

This story appears in the June 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

As owners of a successful fruitcake company, the Trappist Monks at Assumption Abbey in Ava, Missouri, feed the souls and the bodies of men. Here, the bakery's manager, Father Anthony Sloan, 38, gives his perspective on his order's unique blend of business and faith:

"Business has the ability to consume us if we allow ourselves to get too caught up in it, especially the whole profit end of it. It's not bad to make money-we have to support ourselves-but we have to keep an eye on it so that making money doesn't become the driving factor in our daily life. Our business is important, yes-it's there to support us; but there's more to life than just running the business and making money.

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