We recommend the following books to any who are considering a monastic vocation.
The Cistercian Experience
Trappist: Living in the Land of Desire, Michael Downey
Beyond the Walls: Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Life, Paul Wilkes
The Cistercian Way, André Louf
Monastic Practices, Charles Cummings
The Genesee Diary, Henri Nouwen
The Orchards of Perseverance: Conversations with Trappist Monks, David D. Perata
The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton
The Cistercians: The Way of Simplicity, Esther de Waal
The Voices of Silence, Frank Bianco
The Cistercians: Ideals and Realities, Louis Lekai
Contemplative Prayer, Thomas Merton
Sacred Reading, Michael Casey
Towards God, Michael Casey
Tuning into Grace: the Quest for God, André Louf
Grace Can Do More, André Louf
Music of Silence, David Steindl-Rast
Asking the Fathers, Ælred Squire
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, (ed.) Benedicta Ward
Thoughts Matter, Mary Margaret Funk
Tools Matter, Mary Margaret Funk
The Benedictine Way
Seeking God, The Way of St. Benedict, Esther de Waal
Living with Contradiction, Esther de Waal
The Monastic Journey, Thomas Merton
Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris
A Monk in the World, Wayne Teasdale
Monastic History and Culture
The Love of Learning and the Desire for God, Jean Leclercq
Christian Monasticism, David Knowles
Lovers of the Place: Monasticism Loose in the Church, Francis Kline
Contemplation in a World of Action, Thomas Merton
The Monastic Achievement, George Zarnecki
Dakota, Kathleen Norris
Can you make a donation to Mepkin?
Because we closed our front gate and stopped all visitors to the monastery, no one at Mepkin has caught the virus. However, also because of this shutdown, which was necessary to keep us safe, we lost all of our income producing activities, including our mushroom production, the Retreat Center, and the Abbey Store. We have no idea when we will be able to resume these activities.
If you, too, are suffering economic hardships, please know that you are in our prayers. If you are in a safe financial position, perhaps you would consider making a donation to Mepkin to help us sustain our life of prayer, so we can be ready to welcome visitors, guests and retreatants back into our midst when all is safe.
Oyster mushrooms have long been cultivated in Asia for their medical benefits as well as excellent taste, and are a rich source of B-Vitamins. Dried mushrooms have a concentrated and powerful flavor, so you need less of them per recipe.
Our dried and powdered mushrooms are available for sale in the Abbey Store and online.