The Monastic Guest Program was born of a desire for men to live the monastic life for a longer period than the usual retreat. It’s best summed up in the slogan, “Be a monk for a month.” Participants live with the monks for a calendar month, usually beginning the first Monday or Friday of that month. They share our life of prayer, work, and studying.
The program gives those who come an opportunity to develop their own spirituality by attending chapter meetings with the Superior and studying with me The Rule of St. Benedict, Christian meditation, and Cistercian life. The participants also study Lectio Divina with Father Guerric. Men of any age or any religious affiliation (or none) are welcome in the program.
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 two at any one time.
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.
The short man, Zacchaeus, climbed a tree to see Jesus and satisfy his curiosity. Jesus asked him to come down and eat with him. Am I only curious about Jesus? Do I only want to gather data about Jesus? Or am I accepting his invitation to have a relationship and all that that means?