Teens from Precious Blood Parish, Pawleys Island, visit Mepkin
A group of twenty teens from Precious Blood Parish on Pawleys Island came to Mepkin on Sunday, May 6th, to learn about monastic life. The youth minister of the parish said that the young peopled had been hearing about the monks and the monastery from several of their fathers who have come to Mepkin several times on retreat. Questions surfaced as to the monks and their way of living for God, and when the teens were asked if they would like to visit the monastery, pray with the monks and speak with one of the monks, they said yes. It was decided they would come to Mass at 10 AM on Sunday morning to pray with the monastic community and those gathering with the monks for the celebration of the Eucharist. Following Mass, Father Kevin met with the group in front of the church to explain what they were seeing in terms of the monastery buildings, speak a little about the history of the property and give them a general overview of the monks’ daily schedule. Everyone entered the church for a brief tour of the church offering the young people a chance to see the books the monks pray with and help them understand why a monastery church is not arranged in the same way as a parish church. The young people stayed to pray Midday Prayer. And, as the monks processed to the refectory for their noon meal, Father Kevin remained to answer questions. Because the weather that day was uncertain, plans had been made for the group to go to the conference room of the Clare Boothe Luce Library to enjoy the lunches they had brought with them. In casual conversation Father Kevin answered more questions and gave the teens some understanding of how monks consider the library an important tool in their life of prayer and in their spiritual growth. Before heading home, the group went to see the monastery gardens and enjoy some time outdoors since the skies had cleared and the weather was beautiful. The monks are grateful to have the opportunity to help young people understand monastic vocations. Those who visited wrote to tell us they had a good and enlightening experience.