Monks are particularly fond of e-mail, and many find it extremely useful and less intrusive than a telephone call, Smith says. "There are certain orders and more contemplative houses that won't even talk with a woman, but they'll answer an e-mail."
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A monk's life is still a simple one of prayer and austerity, yet many monasteries have moved online for business, communication and even headhunting purposes. All the Trappist houses in America are wired and we communicate like never before in terms of documents and business of the Order," said Brother Luke Armour of the Abbey of Gethsemani in central Kentucky. "Our contact with Order headquarters in Rome is so much simpler and smoother," said the monk, who has lived in the Abbey for 34 years. Indeed, many monasteries have jumped on the Internet bandwagon to sell a broad range of wares such as books, music, incense, edibles and wearables. A simple Google search using the words, "monastery" and "online store" yields 1,060,000 results.