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Mepkin Abbey Announces the Favorites from the 2017 Crèche Festival

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Mepkin Welcomes Advent

Mepkin Welcomes Advent Read More »

Mepkin at Thanksgiving

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September 2017 Mepkin Hosts its First Care for Caregivers Retreat

September 2017 Mepkin Hosts its First Care for Caregivers Retreat

This past September saw the start of a beautiful friendship. Father Guerric and a team of dedicated facilitators welcomed a group of men and women especially deserving of a retreat-family caregivers. The retreat was carefully designed to nourish and refresh those who daily put loved ones’ needs first and pour out care on a daily basis.

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Sept. 29, 2017 Brother Don Bisson Shares Spiritual Insight at Mepkin Abbey

As the sweltering summer heat gave way to the refreshing breezes of autumn, so too, did many find their spirits refreshed at Mepkin this fall. Brother Don Bisson, FMS, began a weekend retreat and contemplative workshop September 29, 2017 with a lecture entitled “Aging and the Poverty of the Spirit.”

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Community Additions to the Creche Festival

Community Additions to the Creche Festival Read More »

Joy Never Ending Sunday, November 12, 2017

Joy Never Ending Sunday, November 12, 2017

Click here for homily given by Fr. Stan.

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Fr. Joe talk about becoming a monk.

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Abbey gets new guitar

Abbey gets new guitar

While Abbot Stan was at the General Chapter he asked our friend and local liturgical guitarist, Drew Ruddy, to take Mepkin’s classical guitar to be repaired.

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Paul Brennan joins Mepkin’s health care team – May 22, 2017

Paul Brennan joins Mepkin’s health care team – May 22, 2017

On May 22nd, Mepkin welcomed Paul Brennan to join David George in the infirmary and in the lives of the brothers in the Mepkin community. Although Paul spent his childhood in Springfield, MA, he now calls the Lowcountry home.

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Audience with the participants in the General Chapter of the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance

Audience with the participants in the General Chapter of the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance Read More »

New Committee for Future Growth and Development Establishes a Mepkin Affiliate Program

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Brother Juan Professes Simple Vows

Brother Juan Professes Simple Vows

Click here for homily given by Fr. Stan.

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Sept. 23, 2017, Abbot Stan meets Pope Francis at the General Chapter of Abbots and Abbesses

Sept. 23, 2017, Abbot Stan meets Pope Francis at the General Chapter of Abbots and Abbesses

Abbot Stan recently was in Assisi, Italy, for the General Chapter of Abbots and Abbesses.

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New, easy to use prayer and hymn books come to Mepkin – Summer 2017

New, easy to use prayer and hymn books come to Mepkin – Summer 2017

“O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1 has a special meaning in light of the project that has been three years in the making at Mepkin. Musician Eli Homza and Abbot Stan Gumula have collaborated to bring new prayers in an accessible format in the new books for use in the Mepkin Abbey church, designed to make prayer and worship more accessible for guests, the community, and all who enter the church to pray.

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Annual Volunteer and Staff Picnic – July 29, 2017

Annual Volunteer and Staff Picnic – July 29, 2017

People may not realize just how many hands it takes to keep Mepkin’s grounds so beautiful and keep everything running smoothly. From the first flowers of spring to each wreath at the Crèche Festival in the fall, Mepkin Abbey is blessed with volunteers and staff that love this peaceful place. These folks filled the refectory with smiles and stories this summer at the annual volunteer and staff picnic.

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New greeter at the St. Francis Retreat Center October 1, 2017

New greeter at the St. Francis Retreat Center October 1, 2017

My name is Joye Crist, and I am the new face you will see at the reception desk at the Saint Francis Retreat Center. I feel extremely privileged to enjoy working here at Mepkin Abbey. Father Guerric, Carole Nicolini and Larry Whittington have greeted and welcomed guests for years here, and this past March, they greeted and welcomed me into the community so that Larry could retire and move closer to his family.

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Father Columba receives the novice habit

Father Columba receives the novice habit

Click here for homily given by Fr. Stan.

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Brother Juan First Vows — Assumption Vespers, August 14, 2017 Given by Fr. Stan

Romans 8: 9 – 30

When we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’ it is the very Spirit of God bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

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Mepkin brothers celebrate Br. Joseph’s 90th birthday

Mepkin brothers celebrate Br. Joseph’s 90th birthday

The monks of Mepkin celebrate with Brother Mary Joseph on his 90th birthday, Wednesday, July 12. Please join us in thanking God for his faith, his dedication to living his monastic vocation (74 years so far!), his kindness, generosity, hard work, beautiful voice, example of prayer and ready words of encouragement!

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Sister Sara Fairbanks, O.P. speaks on celibacy and chastity

Sister Sara Fairbanks, O.P. speaks on celibacy and chastity

July 7, 8 & 9, 2017

The monks of Mepkin welcomed Sister Sara Fairbanks, an Adrian Dominican Sister, for a series of presentations having to do with living healthy celibate chastity. At present, Sister Sara is the vocation director for her congregation whose administration is located in Adrian, Michigan. For the previous 20 years Sister Sara served as a professor of theology at Barry University in Miami, Florida. We were fortunate to have had Sister Sara come to teach classes in theology for our men in formation in the past and that experience drew us to consider to have her speak on this important topic.

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Lent 2017

Lent 2017

For monks, we celebrate the Lenten Spring as a time to welcome the new life of Jesus’ resurrection and all the ways God is inviting us to new life in Him. So with everyone else we receive ashes as an outward sign of taking up inward movement toward reconciliation. God calls us to a self knowledge which doesn’t turn away from our need for conversion, for honest assessment of where we are in embracing our commitment of faith and the welcome of the grace being offered to help us change – a behavior, an attitude, a way of thinking.

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Mepkin Community Retreat March 5 to 10, 2017

Mepkin Community Retreat March 5 to 10, 2017

Our Lent began in a grace filled way this year when Sister Mary Ellen of Saint Mary’s Abbey in Wrentham, MA arrived to give our annual retreat. Sister Mary Ellen provided us with a series of reflection on the treasure of monastic life, skillfully weaving together pertinent scripture passages, references to the Rule of Saint Benedict and Cistercian documents and authors, quotes from theologians and other authors as well as personal experiences and adventures.

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Dr. Fritz Bauerschmidt offers classes at Mepkin

Dr. Fritz Bauerschmidt offers classes at Mepkin

During the second week of January Dr. Fritz Bauerschmidt of the theology faculty of Loyola University in Baltimore came to Mepkin to offer classes in Christology to the men in formation.  Having begun a relationship with the Mepkin community back in the 1990s when studying for his doctorate at Duke, Fritz has visited the monastery quite a number of times, and was with us last year for an abbreviated time as a monastic guest.

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Father Gerard Jonas Palmares professes Solemn Vows

Father Gerard Jonas Palmares professes Solemn Vows Read More »