Mark Coudrain

Mark was ordained as a deacon for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 2006, following in the footsteps of his father.  In 2007, he left his job as CEO of WLAE-TV, the New Orleans public television station, to work full time for the Abbey as the director of their Christian Life Center.  He also returned to his lifelong love of woodworking and began to build caskets in the monastery woodshop.

  • August 12, 2010    |   Economic Liberty

    Louisiana Caskets

    Free the Monks and Free Enterprise: Challenging Louisiana’s Casket Cartel

    This case arose when the brothers of Saint Joseph Abbey, a century-old Benedictine monastery in Covington, La., began to sell their handmade wooden caskets in late 2007 to support their educational and health care expenses. The state board moved to shut down the monks’ fledgling business before it sold even one casket because it was…

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