The week after Christmas Day saw some very special guests come to the St. Francis Retreat Center. North Street Neighborhood of Durham, North Carolina has visited Mepkin on several occasions, and on this quiet week after the celebration of the birth of Christ, they took some time to make a retreat and share their musical talents at the Feast of the Holy Family.Read More »
This past September saw the start of a beautiful friendship. Father Guerric and a team of dedicated facilitators welcomed a group of men and women especially deserving of a retreat-family caregivers. The retreat was carefully designed to nourish and refresh those who daily put loved ones’ needs first and pour out care on a daily basis.Read More »
As the sweltering summer heat gave way to the refreshing breezes of autumn, so too, did many find their spirits refreshed at Mepkin this fall. Brother Don Bisson, FMS, began a weekend retreat and contemplative workshop September 29, 2017 with a lecture entitled “Aging and the Poverty of the Spirit.”Read More »
Retreat Center News
- 2019 Retreats at a Glance
- North Street Comes to Mepkin – Last week in December 2018
- Intergenerational Retreat, January 19 – 22, 2018
- September 2017 Mepkin Hosts its First Care for Caregivers Retreat
- Sept. 29, 2017 Brother Don Bisson Shares Spiritual Insight at Mepkin Abbey
Saint Francis Retreat Center books 12 retreatants each week from Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday. Reservations are made online from our website.
We offer an atmosphere of silence and solitude for those with us to come home to themselves and share in our prayer life, menu, and the awesome landscape of the monastery. We offer a variety of retreats listed on our calendar of events.
An individual retreat offers one the opportunity to set one’s retreat format while emphasizing silence, personal prayer and reflection. Retreatants are also invited to join the monks in their public prayer as often as desired. Spiritual Mentoring for a 30- minute meeting with a monk and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available.
Group retreats are also offered around such themes as Initial Retreats for Elders, Care for Caregivers Retreats, Urban Contemplatives Retreats, Contemplative Retreats and other themed retreats.
Rooms in the St. Francis Retreat Center include a bed, desk, reading chair, and private bath. Bed linens, towels, and soap are provided. Married couples can be accommodated in adjoining rooms.
Retreatants take their meals together in a dining facility adjacent to the monastic community’s refectory, with the same vegetarian diet and observing the same silence as the monks. During the main meal at noon a book is read aloud by one of the monks for the benefit of all.
Retreatants may attend any and all prayer services in the Abbey Church and have a designated section in the monastic choir to accommodate them, if they so desire. One of the monks assists the retreatants with the order of prayer so as to facilitate their full participation.
Mepkin Abbey dedicated the St. Francis Retreat Center and Fr. Francis Kline Memorial Chapel on Sunday, August 25, 2013 with a Concert in the Abbey Church, and a Dedication Liturgy on the grounds by the Retreat Center and Chapel. About 350 people attended the event, including Fr. Francis’s family.Read More »