The interior life of monks finds outward expression in the work they do. Always seeking a balance, Saint Benedict asks monks to pray and to work - ora et labora. At Saint Joseph Abbey, monks teach at Saint Joseph Seminary College, minister in nearby parishes, operate the Pennies for Bread program for the poor, make caskets at Saint Joseph Woodworks, sponsor retreats at the Christian Life Center, and do what is necessary to maintain the physical plant. Monks can be found painting, cooking, doing graphic design, making soap, almost anything. Even the simplest of tasks becomes praise of God, who calls us to new life in Christ.