The monks of Mepkin Abbey offer an opportunity for men to have a longer experience of monastic life, or to take a sabbatical within the monastery. Participants in this program live in the monastic community for a period of thirty days. At the request of the participant, this period may be renewed following an evaluation by the monks.

Be a Monk

Monastic Guests are provided a room with private bath within the monastic community itself, and must participate in all the activities and obligations of the monks — from Vigils at 3:20 AM to Compline at 7:30 PM. They are assigned work just as the monks are.

Advance reservations with the Monastic Guest Master are required, along with a certificate of medical insurance and some form of recommendation from a pastor, employer, or colleague. There is no fee required since work compensates for the cost of room and board. Usually the number of Monastic Guests is limited to three at any one time.

Monastic Guest Stephen Grant returns to Mepkin

September 10, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Jason Calhoun, September Monastic Guest

October 24, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Kevin Kennedy

September 27, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Whilden Nettles

September 25, 2011/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Carl Rosenberg

February 8, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Monastic Guest – Jim Leheay

February 7, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Jophan Porter’s First Visit as a Monastic Guest

September 13, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Three Observers Visit Mepkin

November 18, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Steven B. – Monastic Guest

March 5, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Monastic Guest – Peter Simpson

September 2, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Patrick Daley

August 5, 2014/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Joe Trester

May 8, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Mark Hunter

July 1, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Stephen B. Grant

February 7, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Monastic Guest – Austin

July 31, 2014/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Cody Dowds

April 8, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Stephen Feryus

August 5, 2014/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – John Asher

February 8, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Monastic Guest – Philip A. Clauss

February 7, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Monastic Guest – Chris Webber

September 17, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Christopher Kolon

February 8, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Monastic Guest – Pedro P. García

February 7, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

A Letter from Monastic Guest John Traina

November 18, 2019/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – Chris Davies

September 19, 2013/by Mepkin Abbey

Monastic Guest – James P Leahy

February 7, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Monastic Guest – Kent Gilbert

February 7, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Monastic Guest – Ward Bursley

February 8, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com

Monastic Guest – Christopher L. Webber

February 7, 2019/by jong833@gmail.com