In the middle of urban life – the monastery shop in Vienna’s Schottenstift

The SKIVRE team visited on the occasion of the 5th project meeting in Vienna the monastery shop of the Schottenstift and found a dedicated interlocutor in Alfred Kleinhappel, the director of the monastery shop. Since 2000, the shop has been in operation at one of the most beautiful squares in Vienna’s city centre. The monastery shop’s assortment includes fresh products, juices, and fruit from the monastery’s own agriculture, as well[…]

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Mitten im städtischen Leben – der Klosterladen im Wiener Schottenstift

Das SKIVRE-Team besuchte anlässlich des 5. Projekttreffens in Wien den Klosterladen des Schottenstifts und fand in Alfred  Kleinhappel, dem Leiter des Klosterladens, einen engagierten Gesprächspartner.  Seit 2000 gibt es den Laden an einem der schönsten Plätze der Wiener Innenstadt. Das Sortiment des Klosterladens umfasst Frischprodukte, Säfte und Obst der klostereigenen Landwirtschaft sowie Kulinaria anderer Anbieter wie Marmeladen und diverse Süßwaren. Die eigenen Produkte sind mit dem geschützten Schottenstift-Logo versehen. Produkte,[…]

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Stift Klosterneuburg: Qualifiziertes Personal für Qualitätsprodukte

Das 5. SKIVRE-Treffen führte das SKIVRE-Team nach Wien, wo Gastgeber Wolfgang Eisenreich (Wissenschaftsinitiative Niederösterreich) einen Studienbesuch ins Stift Klosterneuburg organisierte, das vom Orden der Augustiner Chorherren geleitet wird. Die SKIVRE-Kolleg*innen erlebten ein Paradebeispiel für einen attraktiven Klosterladen und eine nicht weniger attraktive Vinothek, die ein Vorbild im Branding für Klosterprodukte ist. In einer bewegten Geschichte über neun Jahrhunderte entwickelte sich das Kloster zu einem religiösen, seelsorgerischen, wissenschaftlichen, kulturellen und wirtschaftlichen[…]

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Qualified staff for quality products

The 5th SKIVRE meeting led the SKIVRE team to Vienna where host Dr. Wolfgang Eisenreich (Wissenschaftsinitiative Niederösterreich) organized a study visit to Klosterneuburg Monastery, which is run by the Augustinian Canon Order. The SKIVRE colleagues experienced a prime example of an attractive monastery store and a no less attractive vinotheque, which is a role model in branding. In an eventful history over nine centuries, the monastery developed into a religious,[…]

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Greek Orthodox Church interested in SKIVRE training material

Project meetings are mainly focused on administrative and content related issues – this is the same with the SKIVRE project. However, our SKIVRE team decided that we would like to get more out of a meeting and agreed that we try to complement the meetings with study visits to places and examples relevant for monastic product development. Our SKIVRE meeting in Athens in March 2020 was excellently complemented and accompanied[…]

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SKIVRE partners experience good examples for monastic products’ development in Belgium

The third SKIVRE project meeting was held on the 23rd and 24th of September 2019 in Leuven, Belgium, with the participation of all SKIVRE project partners at the Park Abbey in Leuven, hosted by our network partner Future for Religious Heritage  and their member PARCUM, an organisation offering thematic exhibitions and workshops for religion, art, and culture at Park Abbey. A study visit was done to Averbode Abbey close by. To start with:[…]

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“A good monastic product must be an ambassador of monastic culture”

What actually makes a good monastic product? SKIVRE spoke to someone who needs to know: Martin Erdmann has been responsible for the catalogue “Gutes aus Klöstern” at the German company “Manufactum” for about 20 years – and thus for a very special niche market. SKIVRE: Since 2000 you have been instrumental in building up a market for monastic products in Germany. How would you characterize this market today? What are[…]

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“Ein gutes Klosterprodukt muss ein Botschafter der Klosterkultur sein”

Was macht denn nun eigentlich ein gutes Klosterprodukt aus? SKIVRE sprach mit einem, der es wissen muss: Martin Erdmann zeichnet bei der deutschen Firma “Manufactum” seit rund 20 Jahren für den Katalog “Gutes aus Klöstern” verantwortlich – und damit für einen sehr speziellen Nischenmarkt. SKIVRE: Seit 2000 haben Sie in Deutschland maßgeblich mitgewirkt beim Aufbau eines Marktes für Klosterprodukte. Wie würden Sie diesen Markt heute charakterisieren? Was sind seine Eigenheiten?[…]

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Bulgarian experience – monastic products in orthodox monasteries

The 2nd SKIVRE meeting was held in Bankya, Bulgaria, with the participation of all SKIVRE project partners. The meeting featured working sessions on the SKIVRE training modules as well as study visits to three monasteries; two of which are involved in the production of monastic products. The meeting had several working session dedicated to reflecting on the development of the Training Scheme and Digital Training Platform. This was complemented by a[…]

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Best practice: Sweet Shop at Santa Caterina Monastery in Palermo

The location couldn’t be better for the Christian-Arab-Norman heritage of Sicilian Palermo: Piazza Bellini is where cultures and epochs meet, and with them the city’s rich culinary heritage. “I segreti del Chiostro” (“The secrets of the cloister”) is an initiative which rediscovers the ancient traditions of monastic pastry. Sicily’s baking, even though it has its roots in ancient times such as the Greek colonization or the Arab domination, was born[…]

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