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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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The Solemn Profession of Father Joseph Tedesco ocso

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.

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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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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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Brother Anthony Maria Odom’s Profession of Simple Vows

00292On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception at Vespers in our monastic church, Brother Anthony Maria Odom gave himself more fully to God by his profession of first vows according to the Cistercian tradition. With the monastic community, retreatants, guests and friends praying with and for him, Rodney Odom, now Brother Anthony Maria, spoke the words of the three vows: stability, obedience and conversatio morum that express his commitment to live as did Mary – open to receive God’s Word and lovingly doing God’s will.

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