An interview with Abbot Stan by ETV describes Mepkin Abbey and the Community. Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist Monastery located on the Cooper River in Berkeley County, is a community of Roman Catholic monks which was established in 1949. The monks at Mepkin Abbey have always devoted their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality.Read More »
From the Economist comes the following:
ACCORDING to the ancient rule laid down by St Benedict in the sixth century, monastic communities must be self-supporting. Usually, the sale of goods produced by monasteries—cheese, eggs, mushrooms and, in Europe at least, liqueurs—brings in sufficient income to support the holy men. But what happens in an economic downturn? In that event, how about opening a columbarium?
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In the early evening of Sunday, June 17, the monks, with friends and benefactors, dedicated the Columbarium at Mepkin Abbey. Almost 200 people attended the event, including many who have purchased niches.
Fr. Guerric Heckel presided at the dedication ceremony which included music by a brass ensemble, and remarks by Susan Conant, lead designer for the project; Thomas Campbell whose wife is inurned in the Columbarium; and Abbot Stan. The ceremony concluded with the brass ensemble leading the congregation down the Columbarium path while playing “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
After the dedication, Jim Rozier, Columbarium manager, said that almost all of the niches in Phase 1 have been sold and plans are being made to begin the second phase.Read More »
Remarks and blessing by Abbot Stanislaus Gumula
Today is a day so longed for. It means that a dream that was conceived many years ago is finally about to see the light of day. Many were the conversations that Father Francis Kline, Mepkin’s third abbot, and I had about this dream.
He once told me over the phone as he lay in his bed at Sloan Kettering that he had come up with the design of the rooms he would like to see at the new Retreat Center. On another occasion we agreed on the architect we would ask to put this dream on paper.
And just over a month before his death in August, 2006, we were talking about it and he said he just didn’t have the energy to do the fund raising that would be required for such an undertaking. Looking him straight in the eye, I told him: “Don’t take this wrongly, Francis, but your death will bring us the funds for this project.” And looking me back straight in the eye, he responded, “I know. But as long as I am alive, I have to worry about this.”
He need not worry any longer. The outpouring from his friends assures us that this project will indeed be finished. We are here today to begin the final phase.Read More »