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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
Recent article from the Post and Courier shows the popularity of the Abbey’s Creche Festival:
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.Read More »
In response to many requests, beginning this year Mepkin Abbey will offer six contemplative directed retreats in addition to the private spiritual retreats available throughout the year.
Fr. Nicholas Amato, an Associate member of Mepkin Abbey, will be the presenter for the directed retreats. After serving as a pastor for 20 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Fr. Amato’s full time ministry now includes directing contemplative retreats, preaching parish missions and offering days of recollection. He spends several weeks a year in residence at Mepkin Abbey.
“Over the years, we have had many, many requests for directed retreats,” said Abbot Stan Gumula. “Now, with Fr. Amato’s help, we will be able to provide this much needed ministry.”Read More »