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Slow Down and Worth Together for a Cainhoy Alternative

This op ed piece was written by Abbot Stan and appeared in the Sun, Feb. 2 edition of The Post & Courier.

The Brothers at Mepkin Abbey have followed the discussion about the fate of Cainhoy Plantation over the past three months. We are hopeful that a positive outcome can be achieved for this important property, and with that in mind offer a message of patience and hope.

Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery at the confluence of the two forks of the Cooper River, played a role in the conservation of the historic Cooper River corridor. Mepkin was originally the estate of several historic families including Sir John Colleton, Henry Laurens, and thereafter the well-known publisher, Henry Luce. In 1949, the Luces donated a large portion of the property to the Trappist Order. It was then that we accepted the hallowed role of stewards of Mepkin, a place we believe to be set in one of the most beautiful and sacred landscapes in America.

Our goal has been to respect the historic and ecological integrity of the property and be good members of the Cooper River community. Leading a monastic life, traditionally our community involvement is of the quiet kind.

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Glencairn Museum’s ‘Follow the Star’ Exhibition Features Nativity Sets From Around the World

A 15-piece, hammered-copper Nativity on loan from the renowned Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina; a set from Laos showing the Holy Family inside a Hmong home with the newborn baby lying in a straw basket suspended from rafters; crèches crafted with native materials like birch bark, woven grass and recycled newspaper; and an elaborate traditional Italian Presepio — these unique pieces are part of an extraordinary array of Nativity sets.

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David Kearney – Observer

DSCF0005David 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.

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Monks’ Lives The Same Even With Additions At Abbey

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.

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Mepkin Abbey Opens Retreat Center That Reflects Trappist Simplicity and Encourage Contemplation

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?

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New retreat center and chapel dedicated at Mepkin Abbey

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.

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