When you think of manufacturing, certain industries come to mind. Industries like, medical engineering and automotive manufacturing; but a monastery? Yes, even a monastery has certain manufacturing needs. Lyndex-Nikken had the pleasure of being approached by a Greek Orthodox Monastery, located in northern California, this week. Father Vlasie, of St. Gregory Palamas Monastery, reached out to Lyndex-Nikken for help with their industrial projects.
The monastery recently received machining equipment which they were able to restore to working condition. With the support of Lyndex Nikken, the monastery was able to gather all the precision accessories to help complete pending projects to further help the community. Father Vlasie has also been able to foresee other community projects such as refurbishing an electrical generator to offset the monastery electrical expenses, building parts for a book binding machine in their print shop, and machining an off-road wheelchair for a paraplegic monk.
Father Vlasie had this to say about the upcoming projects at the Monastery, “I am writing to you from a small Greek Orthodox Monastery in Northern California, established more than 30 years ago. We are a small community of 12 monks, and we are a registered non-profit organization. Trying to be as self-sufficient as possible, we do almost all of our own maintenance and repair.
My immediate goal is to build parts for a book binding machine for our small print shop. This is the first metalworking machine we have had so we are in uncharted waters but I know that the equipment will open up a host of possibilities for self-sufficiency in terms of maintenance and repair of monastery equipment. We have a paraplegic monk who is wheelchair bound. One of my aspirations is to use our new machining capabilities to build an off-road wheelchair so we can take him out on excursions. Another possibility we have been considering is building a steam engine to generate electricity.”
Lyndex-Nikken would like to thank St. Gregory Palamas Monastery for giving us an opportunity to give. Sometimes the community you serve can be around the corner or thousands of miles away, but to the people whom may need it, the helping hand is worth the trip.