Some folks come to see the Mepkin Abbey Church and the Nancy Bryan Luce Gardens. They might stay only a few minutes or they may walk the Gardens leisurely and remain for an hour or more. The Guestmaster greets them at the Reception Center, answers any questions they may have and directs them to the Gardens. For those wishing to visit the Church, there are guided tours at 11:30 A.M. (Tuesday through Saturday) and at 3 P.M. (Tuesday through Sunday). Mepkin is closed to Visitors on Mondays.
No reservations are required for individual visitors. Groups of 10 or more persons and bus tours are asked to make reservations. You may use the form at the bottom of the page or call (843) 761-8509.
Mushrooms and garden compost from the Abbey’s farm, and candies, preserves and creamed honey from other Trappist Abbeys are available at the Reception Center Gift Shop. The Shop also offers select books, tapes, religious articles, icons, candles, and other specialty gift items.
Tuesday – Saturday: 9AM – 4PM
Sunday: 1PM – 3PM
Guided Tours: 11:30AM & 3PM, during open hours
Once a month, on a Friday, the monks have a day of total silence and solitude. They call these the “Desert Days” and no tours of the monastery are given on these days. However, the Visitors’ Center/Gift Shop and the gardens are open. The Desert Days for 2015 are: May 8, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, and Nov. 6.
Vigils: 3:20-4 AM
Lauds: 6:30-7 AM
Mass: 7:30-8:15 AM
Terce: 8:30-8:45 AM
Sext: 12-12:20 PM
Vespers: 6-6:30 PM
Compline: 7:35-8:00 PM
Sundays – same, except no Terce:
Mass: 10:00 AM
Vespers & Benediction: 5-6 PM
A Note on the Cloister
The cloister is the Brothers’ home. A path has been designated for visitors to see the Church and the library while on tour. Please respect the monks’ privacy and observe signs designating Monastic Areas.