may come as a surprise to those of you not living in Las
there are more Catholic churches there than casinos. Not
some worshippers at Sunday services will give
casino chips rather than cash when the basket is passed.
Since they get chips from so many different casinos, the
devised a method to collect the offerings. The churches
send all their
collected chips to a nearby Franciscan Monastery for sorting
the chips are taken to the casinos of origin and cashed
This is done by a chip monk.