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.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Art Museum's governing board has signed off on spending $825,000 for a 110-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright chandelier.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the purchase approved Monday will add the 1903 chandelier in brass, bronze and leaded glass to a Frank Lloyd Wright chair the museum already owns.
Museum curators call the chandelier purchase with private donations a "rare opportunity" and something that's "been top of our wish list forever."
The chandelier is one of two from the master bedroom of the Wright-designed Francis W. Little House in Peoria, Ill.
Wright, who died in 1959, designed 1,141 architectural works, including everything from houses to bridges and museums.
More than one-third of his buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places or are in a National Historic District.