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Four Men Are Visiting Mepkin As Observers

David Kearney, John Fahrner, Father Jim Caffrey and Jose’ Vacas are each with us for an extended visit serving an ‘observership’ while they continue to discern if God is calling them to enter Mepkin Abbey.

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Mepkin Abbey Garden Volunteer Newsletter January 2014

December at the Abbey was a month of the joyful anticipation and celebration of the coming of our Lord.  The Creche Festival was again a great success, and we thank all of you for your many extra hours assuring the gardens be in top shape.  We received many nice compliments on the grounds.   As is our custom, our crews did not work during the week of Christmas or the week of New Year’s, but despite all, several of our Volunteers came and kept things in order.

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Mr. Joseph P. Kline, Jr. Died on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Mr. Joseph P. Kline, Jr. Died on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

A long-time friend and benefactor of Mepkin Abbey, Mr. Kline last visited the monastery in August for the dedication of the St. Francis Retreat Center and the Father Francis Kline Memorial Chapel.

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Father Gerard Jonas Palmares Professes First Vows

00293At Vespers on December 3rd, our brother, Father Gerard Jonas Palmares professed his vows of stability, obedience and conversatio morum before Abbot Stan in the presence of the community, his parents and a number of guests. Advent is about preparing ourselves to live for the encounter with God who comes to be with us. In his three years of prayer and study, Father Gerard Jonas has given himself more and more to the monastic way and with the affirmation of the community to advance, he has spoken his vows, received his black scapular and leather belt and taken his place among the professed monks of Our Lady of Mepkin Abbey. In his exhortation, Abbot Stan spoke very specifically to Father Gerard Jonas of his journey to this moment.

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