AVA, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri abbey famous for its Christmas fruitcakes was in danger of closing because the Trappist monks who live there are aging and no other monks have moved in to take their place.
But that will soon change, when four monks from Vietnam arrive to live at the Assumption Abbey in Ava. Four more are expected to arrive next year at the Abbey which is about four hours southeast of Kansas City.
The Kansas City Star reports that sometime in the next decade Assumption will change from the Trappist to Cistercian order. The Trappist order is a reform version of Cistercian.
The Vietnamese monks plan to carry on the tradition of making fruitcakes, which are sold across the country and help finance the Abbey.