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Father Ladislaus Orsy, SJ Visits Mepkin to Help Celebrate Father Christian’s 100th Birthday

attachmentThe monks of Mepkin are grateful to Father Ladislaus Orsy, SJ for coming to help us celebrate Father Christian’s 100th birthday. As a gesture to recognize our second abbot’s years of service in seminary education previous to entering Mepkin, and his contributions in service to the Order by reason of his academic credentials in theology and law, Father Orsy was kind enough to honor Father Christian by offering two chapters. In each chapter Father Les reflected on the church 50 years after the Second Vatican Council. His particular emphasis was on material having to do with the dignity of the human person (Dignitatis Humanae), an area of great personal interest for him and a theme to which the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has drawn attention in a recent address.

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Mepkin Honors Father Christian on his 100th Birthday

Fr. Christian with his nephew, Dan Stacey and Dan’s wife Eve at Fr. Christian’s 100th birthday celebration.

Fr. Christian with his nephew, Dan Stacey and Dan’s wife Eve at Fr. Christian’s 100th birthday celebration.

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, the Mepkin community celebrated the 100th birthday of Father Christian Carr. Father Christian’s nephew, Dan Stacey and his wife, Eve, joined the community at the celebration of the Eucharist and for Midday Prayer and the noon meal. Father Christian served as the second abbot of Mepkin and in his abbatial service saw the community through important years of transition following the Second Vatican Council. He is remembered for encouraging a deep sense of hospitality as is recommended in the Rule of Saint Benedict. In the years since he retired as abbot, Father Christian has served for a time as chaplain to our Trappistine sisters in Uganda, been most generous for a long while in offering visitors an orientation and tours, as well as guiding those who have sought his wise counsel in spiritual direction. With the community, Father Christian’s family and our retreatants were a select group of friends whom Father invited to be with him for the ocasion.

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New Psalters at Mepkin

IMG_7751 copyAbbot Stan distributed new Psalters to the community on August 23rd, 2014 to replace the books the monks at Mepkin have been using seven time a day, seven days a week for the past 38 years. “Prayer comes from God himself….and the Psalter is prayer inspired by God,” said Abbot Stan.

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Mepkin Welcomes Three Postulants

Dave Kearney, John Fahrner and Jose’ Vacas

Dave Kearney, John Fahrner and Jose’ Vacas

On Saturday, August 22nd, three men began their formation in the Cistercian life with us as postulants during Vespers. Dave Kearney, John Fahrner and Jose’ Vacas have each lived with us for more than six months in a process of discernment as observers. Through their prayer and participation in our life, each came to understand God truly has called him to join us in living this way to God. And in response to each of their requests to enter the abbot has affirmed their call and been welcomed. Please join us in praying for Dave, John and Jose’ that as they give themselves to prayer, study, manual labor and belonging to a community, they will grow to understand and be ready to profess our vows of stability, obedience, and conversatio morum thereby responding to God’s love in a life lived “under a rule and an abbot”.

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