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Mepkin Abbey Garden Volunteer Newsletter October 2013

attachment2.2September at the Abbey, after preparation for the Dedication of the Retreat House in August, was “maintain, maintain, maintain”. Several ongoing projects progressed or are completed. We are in the process of renewing pots, or adding ones from the Greenhouse that will be in view during the upcoming Creche Festival in November.
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Seniors shown that aging is a gift

MEPKIN ABBEY—The monks of Mepkin Abbey want people entering the second stage of life to open their eyes and see aging as a period of growth instead of decline.

To that end, Trappist Father Guerric Heckel was instrumental in creating a series of lectures and retreats that focus on the self development and spiritual growth of senior citizens.

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Mushrooms a blessing for Mepkin Abbey

The Berkeley Independent — He eases down a narrow walkway between 60 columns of oyster mushrooms that hang like fragile punching bags.

In his square-shaped glasses, trucker hat and blue-collar jumpsuit, he may not look like it, but Brother John Corrigan is a monk . . . and a farmer, a business manager, and Mepkin Abbey’s mushroom-growing expert.

Later he will don his monk vestment – a white and brown robe with a hood – and enter the chapel for Noon prayer.

But not before a morning’s worth of work in one of eight former tractor-trailer containers that grow oyster mushrooms, and a hangar-shaped building where rows of shiitake mushrooms grow on shelves.

The monks and other monastic guests must work to cover their daily expenses, according to Mepkin Abbey Communications Director Mary Jeffcoat.

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Columbarium at Mepkin Expanding

Jim Rozier says it is the best deal around.  Rozier, the former Berkeley County Supervisor, is talking about the columbarium at Mepkin Abbey, which sits peacefully along a gravel walkway with an oak-tree lined grassy knoll on one side and sweet grass plants on the other.

Since the monks are often busy and have little contact with the outside world, Rozier oversees columbarium activity. He has been involved with the Mepkin community since he was a child. “The goal is for the columbarium to blend in and become part of Mepkin,” Rozier said.

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Abbey Explores Grief as means to Heal

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Sister Ann, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy in Charleston, came to Mepkin Abbey Thursday to lead a seminar on grief and loss, the first in a series of three lectures on “Discerning the Call of the Second Half of Life.”

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Post and Courier highlights Mepkin’s Creche Festival

Recent article from the Post and Courier shows the popularity of the Abbey’s Creche Festival:

Each year as Christmastide approaches, thousands find their way down winding back roads to a quiet Trappist monastery about 30 miles from Charleston to reflect upon the meaning of the season.

They are drawn to the Mepkin Abbey Crèche Festival that each year displays dozens of manger scenes — also called creches — from the abbey’s collection of more than 700 from all over the world.

It’s been 10 years now since that first festival attracted about 1,500 people. And the anniversary has been marked with the publication of a new 196-page book, “Finding Bethlehem — A Global Journey Through the Mepkin Abbey Crèche Festival.” It features color photographs of manger scenes from both the abbey collection and those on loan that have appeared as part of the festival.

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