• The Monks

    The Monks

    Mepkin Abbey is a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949 on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation located on the Cooper River, north of Charleston, South Carolina. Founded by the monks of Gethsemani in Kentucky, the brothers of Mepkin belong to the worldwide Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance popularly known as Trappist. Following The Rule of St. Benedict, the monks at Mepkin Abbey devote their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality.
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  • Prayer


    The communal celebration of the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.
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  • Lectio Divina

    Lectio Divina

    Individual meditative reading of the scripture in the morning and evening hours and at intervals as they continue unceasing prayer.
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  • Work


    Living by the work of their hands, the monks provide a livelihood for themselves and the poor.
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  • Hospitality


    Sharing their spiritual journey and communal lives with all seekers.
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