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Mepkin Welcomes Three Postulants

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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Diocesan Vocation Video

Mepkin is grateful and pleased to have been included in a new vocation video – “Your servant is listening” – released by the Office of Vocations of the Diocese of Charleston. Justin Gaeta, assistant to the Diocesan Vocation Director, Father Jeffrey Kirby, came to Mepkin and filmed the portions of the video relating to our contemplative monastic life. Bishop Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston has been encouraging Father Kirby and the staff of the Vocation Office to make the faithful of the diocese more aware of all the vocations being lived in the diocese as well as mindful to pray for and support every vocation. You may view this video at the following link.

Diocesan Vocation Video

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The Solemn Profession of Father Joseph Tedesco ocso

On June 28, 2014, Father Joseph Tedesco pronounced his vows at the celebration of the Solemn Monastic Consecration that took place within the Eucharistic celebration. Abbot Stan was the celebrant and homilist with all the other priests of the community as concelebrants, as well as several priest friends from around the country.    Fr. Joe's Profession-15

After Abbot Stan’s homily (see text under Homilies), Fr. Joe pronounced his vows of Conversion of Life, Obedience and Stability.  Then the solemn professed members of the community extended their hands in prayer over him as the Abbot prayed the prayer of Consecration and Fr. Joe prostrated before him.  Fr. Joe was then clothed in the Monastic Cowl, the habit of theTrappist, and embraced each of his brothers and asked their support and prayers.  The whole mass was a moving experience for family and friends who traveled from up and down the East Coast to be present for the ceremony.      

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Father Feliciano Died on June 24

Father Feliciano Manalili died at Mepkin Abbey early in the morning on Tuesday, June 24 with several of his brother monks around him. The Mass of Christian Burial and interment were held on July 1.

Fr. Feli was born in San Pedro Camuning, in the province of Pampanga, Philippines, on April 13, 1933. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Manila on February 10, 1962 where he had a long ministry in education serving as a director of Our Lady of Peace School in the Diocese of Antipolo. He also was a professor of logic, English, epistemology, and Latin at the Royal and Conciliar San Carlos Seminary in Makati City from which he was an alumnus. He served appointments as the director of the theology department followed by serving as the academic dean of the seminary’s philosophy department.

Father Feliciano Homily

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