St. Francis Retreat Center Dedication

St. Francis Retreat Center

St. Francis Retreat Center and the Fr. Francis Kline Memorial Chapel were dedicated August 25, 2013

Mepkin Abbey dedicated the St. Francis Retreat Center and Fr. Francis Kline Memorial Chapel on Sunday, August 25 with a Concert in the Abbey Church, and a Dedication Liturgy on the grounds by the Retreat Center and Chapel. About 350 people attended the event, including Fr. Francis’s family.




  • The morning of the dedication, the Mepkin Community celebrate the Eucharist with Fr. Francis’s family and many friends and benefactors. Bishop David Thompson, Bishop Emeritus of Charleston. Read Homily

The Concert

  • A concert was held before the Dedication Liturgy
  • Messiaen’s The Quartet for the End of Time was performed by Charles Messersmith, clarinet; Yuriy Bekker, violin; and Julia Harlow, piano. This was followed by Durufle’s Requiem, Op. 9 with Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor; Dr. Robert Taylor, choir preparer; Dr. Hennifer Luiken, mezzo-soprano; Ellen Dressler Moryl, cello; and Dr. Scott Bennett, organ.
  • Concert Program
  • The Abbot’s Remarks
  • Before the Concert
  • After the Concert

Dedication Liturgy

Following the concert, everyone walked to the Retreat Center and Chapel grounds for a dedication liturgy.

Dedication Photo Gallery

Blessing of the Retreat Center & Chapel

Building the Dream

Update on Progress 7/12/13
Update on Progress 6/28/13

Progress Report


St. Francis Retreat Center and Fr. Francis Kline Memorial Chapel:
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