Mepkin Celebrates Holy Week

Mepkin Celebrates Holy Week

Monastic Residency Program

Monastic Residency Program

Mepkin’s program for men, of any faith tradition, entails a temporary commitment of a year as an affiliate member of our Mepkin Community, living the Cistercian way of life. This is a real opportunity to experience monastic life and the feel of the rhythm of the psalms prayed in community.  Those accepted into the program […]

2019 Retreats at a Glance

Here is a schedule of the retreats being offered at Mepkin Abbey this year. Dates not mentioned are reserved for folks who wish to make a private or individual retreat (unless the monastery has reserved them for other purposes.) More information about these retreats and the suggested donation can be found on the schedule when […]

A Progress Report on Bringing Contemplation Home

Bringing Contemplation Home

Mepkin Abbey introduces Zip Code Contemplation in 2019! This program invites retreatants to stay connected and engaged in continuing to deepen the contemplative dimension of their lives. Our goal is to provide both community and content to foster, and focus, each person’s contemplative practice. The initial concept envisioned groups of 6-10 retreatants organized by zip […]

Abbot Stan receives Papal Honor

Abbot Stan receives Papal Honor

Bishop Robert Guglielmone presented Fr. Stan Gumula, former Abbot of Mepkin, the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross for distinguished service to the Church during Solemn Vespers at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Sunday, January 13, 2019). Several members of the Mepkin community attended the […]

North Street Community Visits Mepkin

North Street Community Visits Mepkin

In the days after Christmas, two groups from the North Street Community of Durham, NC visited the retreat center at Mepkin. They participated with the monks in all the various services. The members of the Mepkin Future Committee met with both groups. On the second meeting, the members of the North Street Community entertained the […]

Fr Richard in habit

Father Richard Returns to Mepkin

Father Richard McGuire, OCSO, who has been chaplain in Esmeraldas for the last twenty-five years, returned to Mepkin at the end of November. Father Richard, a sprightly 92-year-old, has given enormous assistance to the sisters there. They were deeply sorry to see him go. He returns to Mepkin, a place where he lived for an […]

Br Martin

Mepkin welcomes new Postulant

Brother Martin Becomes a Postulant Brother Martin, originally from Ecuador, became a postulant on Wednesday, December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The brothers at Mepkin are delighted to welcome a new member into the community. There are now four people in formation in the Mepkin community. Two postulants, one novice, and one […]

2018 Mepkin Abbey Crèche Festival “Sheep and Shepherds”

2018 Mepkin Abbey Crèche Festival “Sheep and Shepherds”

Thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers and community at Mepkin, the 2018 Crèche Festival was a wonderful way for many Lowcountry families to begin their Christmas celebrations. A total of 8,361 visitors enjoyed the displays. A highlight of the festival was the addition of 97 sheep decorated by people from all around […]

Inter-spiritual Group Discusses the New Monasticism at Mepkin

Inter-spiritual Group Discusses the New Monasticism at Mepkin

In the last week of October, a group of people from different religious traditions gathered at Mepkin to discuss the New Monasticism. The group consisted of Rory McEntee, Netanel Miles, Swami Dhyanayogananda, Ven Pannavati, Greg Little, Adam Horowitz, Sr. Julie Walsh, and Deepa Gulrukh Patel. Together they represented the Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, Jewish, and Christian […]