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November is the month we receive thousands of Visitors to see Mepkin’s unique Creche Collection. Our job was preparing for the event to have everything ready to welcome the guests. One highlight every year is the huge wreath that Jamie Nelson and her helpers fashion for the tower of the Luce Library. The 2013 Wreath is made completely with pine cones; please note that all the materials are natural, and even the bow is woven from palms.
David Kearney who is discerning a call to enter Mepkin has been staying with us for three months as an observer. From Ohio, Dave had come on retreat to Mepkin in the past and initiated a conversation to explore the possibility that God might be inviting him to become a Trappist.Read More »
Associated Press — The daily cycle of work, worship and contemplation at Mepkin Abbey still follows the simple pattern that Trappist monks have observed for a thousand years. But in recent months there have been some changes at the South Carolina monastery near Charleston.Read More »
The Post and Courier — It’s a cool and cloudy day at Mepkin Abbey, the kind that speaks of silence, save the occasional rumble of a car passing a small sign to the monastery’s new retreat center.
From the beginning, the monks have welcomed guests to the abbey’s enchanting 3,000 acres of preserved woodland that grace the Cooper River banks near Moncks Corner. After all, what is a monastery without hospitality?Read More »
The Catholic Miscellany — The monks at Mepkin Abbey broke briefly from their quiet monastic lifestyle to celebrate their new St. Francis Retreat Center and the Father Francis Kline Memorial Chapel. The Aug. 25 dedication included a Mass, musical performance and choirs.Read More »