The 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.Read More »
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.Read More »
Abbot 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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »