Mepkin is grateful and pleased to have been included in a new vocation video – “Your servant is listening” – released by the Office of Vocations of the Diocese of Charleston. Justin Gaeta, assistant to the Diocesan Vocation Director, Father Jeffrey Kirby, came to Mepkin and filmed the portions of the video relating to our contemplative monastic life. Bishop Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston has been encouraging Father Kirby and the staff of the Vocation Office to make the faithful of the diocese more aware of all the vocations being lived in the diocese as well as mindful to pray for and support every vocation. You may view this video at the following link.Read More »
On June 28, 2014, Father Joseph Tedesco pronounced his vows at the celebration of the Solemn Monastic Consecration that took place within the Eucharistic celebration. Abbot Stan was the celebrant and homilist with all the other priests of the community as concelebrants, as well as several priest friends from around the country.
After Abbot Stan’s homily (see text under Homilies), Fr. Joe pronounced his vows of Conversion of Life, Obedience and Stability. Then the solemn professed members of the community extended their hands in prayer over him as the Abbot prayed the prayer of Consecration and Fr. Joe prostrated before him. Fr. Joe was then clothed in the Monastic Cowl, the habit of theTrappist, and embraced each of his brothers and asked their support and prayers. The whole mass was a moving experience for family and friends who traveled from up and down the East Coast to be present for the ceremony.Read More »
Father Feliciano Manalili died at Mepkin Abbey early in the morning on Tuesday, June 24 with several of his brother monks around him. The Mass of Christian Burial and interment were held on July 1.
Fr. Feli was born in San Pedro Camuning, in the province of Pampanga, Philippines, on April 13, 1933. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Manila on February 10, 1962 where he had a long ministry in education serving as a director of Our Lady of Peace School in the Diocese of Antipolo. He also was a professor of logic, English, epistemology, and Latin at the Royal and Conciliar San Carlos Seminary in Makati City from which he was an alumnus. He served appointments as the director of the theology department followed by serving as the academic dean of the seminary’s philosophy department.Read More »