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Greeting Card Makers Hope to Inspire the Sick With Biblical Message

For the terminally or progressively ill, a "Get Well Soon" card might not be appropriate. But a new campaign from the Printery House in Conception seeks to find a way to give courage in trying times.
(CONCEPTION, Mo.) Father Adam Ryan is a Benedictine monk who spends some of his time in the greeting card industry.

He manages the Printery House, an independent greeting card business operated by the monks of Conception Abbey.

"We take ink and paper and the Bible in small segments and phrases and combine it with art to make greeting cards and gifts to spread God's word," Fr. Adam said.

Cards are created on a daily basis, but inspiration comes from a number of sources.

Scripture.

Nature.

The seasons.

Recently, a young man named Caleb Adwell from Ravenwood lost his battle with cancer.

The Printery House encouraged his community to send cards of encouragement to him during that fight.

The source of courage comes from scripture:

"Blessed be …the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction," 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7.

Inspired by this Caleb and the biblical Caleb, who in the Old Testament was allowed into the Promised Land for his courage, the Printery House is launching a new campaign called CalebCare.

"[It will be] focusing on care and encouragement cards to supplement the traditional 'Get Well' card," Fr. Adam said.  "It's primarily intended to minister to persons and their families who have progressive illnesses, where the person is not going to get better."

Steve Hess, Creative Director for the Printery House, oversees many projects from conception to printing.

Hess understands the delicate balance they're trying to achieve with these cards.

"The concern that people want - most people don't know how to express concern," Hess said.  "They're afraid when you get to a life-threatening situation; they're afraid.  This is one way we can minister to them is to give them words and a means to express their concerns for these people."

It's a far cry from the typical bouncy get well soon card.

A CalebCare package may also include a comfort cross, made out of olive wood from Bethlehem.

"It fits in your pocket, you have it to fiddle with if you're stressful and you like to have something to hold," Hess said.

The CalebCare campaign is still in its early stages.

But for a greeting card company that does everything on its own terms, it's the beginnings of what these card makers think is a very special program for their community.

The Printery House has a website and the CalebCare program has an email for requests.
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