In Clyde, Missouri, Nuns Are Baking Low-Gluten Altar Bread

By Catherine Wheeler
Flatland

With more and more gluten-free options for breads available in grocery stores, last month, the Vatican reminded Catholics to be wary of the alternatives for altar bread. At Pope Francis’ request, the July letter reminded Catholics around the world that the bread they use for mass should contain wheat and water only, and to be careful about low-gluten alternatives.

This letter wasn’t news to the sisters in Clyde, Missouri, at the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The monastery, about an hour and a half north of Kansas City, has been producing Vatican-approved low-gluten altar bread since 2004 — the first to do so in the world.

Today, the sisters make 1.5 million low-gluten altar breads a month, in addition to the 9 million regular wheat and white altar breads they’ve been making since 1910. Dawn Mills, the prioress general of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration said the recent Vatican letter has already produced more phone calls and orders.

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