Monastery of Christ in The Desert - Internet Pioneers: The Scriptorium @ ChristDesert

Internet Pioneers: The Scriptorium @ ChristDesert

In 1995 the monastery published a web site -- www.christdesert.org—that gained international fame and became one of the world's most visited web sites in the years 1995-1997. The monastery and their web scriptorium made the front page of numerous publications worldwide in feature stories distributed via the AP wire (in 1995) and the NY Times wire (in 1996). Print coverage included page one of the Sunday New York Times, a full color double page spread in USA Today, and the lead in a cover story in Time Magazine. Television feature stories ran on CNN International, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC World News Tonight and Brazil's Fantastico.

The monastery's web scriptorium led to the foundation of an independent research project called NextScribe. NextScribe conducts research in Computer Supported Spiritual Development (CSSD) with a particular emphasis on remaking lay spiritual community according to the wisdom of the tradition of St. Benedict.

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