Fr. Stan receives the Order of the Palmetto

Fr. Stan receives the Order of the Palmetto

On November 11, 2018, former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. presented Fr. Stan the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest honor given to one of its citizens. The award, given by Governor Henry McMaster, was presented to Fr. Stan at one of the monastery’s Founders’ Day events. The following is a note Fr. […]

Joy Never Ending

Joy Never Ending

Joy Never Ending is a day in which the community at Mepkin celebrate the foundation of the monastery in November 1949.This year it was celebrated on November 11. Before the morning mass, the congregation gathered in the monks’ cemetery and a blessing of each of the monks’ graves was given by Father Joe. It was […]

Fr. Joe’s First Chapter Talk

Fr. Joe’s First Chapter Talk

November 3, 2018 We are starting something new, surely for me and surely for each of you with me.  To start fresh this life we now have together with the different nuance in our relationship begs us to discover anew our commonality.  So I invite you to reflect on your call, our key reality, why […]

Fr. Stan’s final chapter talk

Fr. Stan’s final chapter talk

Final Chapter Talk as Abbot — October 20, 2018 Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with an empty cup, Uncertain, but asking any small drop of refreshment. If only I had known you better, I’d have come running with a bucket. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the […]

Illustrated book about Br. John is released

Illustrated book about Br. John is released

Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim, and the Purpose of Life by August Turak On October 21, 2018, Clovercroft Publishing released Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life, an essay about Mepkin’s Br. John and that won the coveted Templeton Prize, as an illustrated book. Brother John, written by August Turak, […]

Mepkin Selects Fr. Joe Tedesco New Superior

Mepkin Selects Fr. Joe Tedesco New Superior

Mepkin Abbey Selects New Superior On Nov. 3, Fr. Joseph A. Tedesco will become the fifth leader of Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery located on the Cooper River outside of Moncks Corner. The monks chose Fr. Tedesco to be their new superior, and Fr. Elias Deitz, Abbot of Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky and Mepkin’s Motherhouse, […]

Stephen Grant

Reflections from a monastic guest

12 of the 143 things that I learned as a Monastic Guest at Mepkin Abbey (August 2018) by Stephen B. Grant Aim higher: I came to Mepkin with three objectives: improve my prayer practice; experience a full immersion into the daily life of a monk; and begin a discernment about the next phase of my […]

Mepkin welcomes Justin Meyers our new postulant

Justin Meyers entered the Mepkin community on September 8th, the Feast of the Birth of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. From North Carolina where he has been working for the Department of Corrections, Justin visited Mepkin several times, mentioning his awareness that God was calling him to a deeper relationship. During his second visit he […]

Joe Duquette

New Monastic Resident

New Monastic Resident At the end of the Monastic Institute, a number of participants expressed interest in taking part of the Residency program. This involves living and working in the Mepkin community for a year. Roger Haigney is already a Resident, and at the end of August, he was joined by Joe Duquette. Joe is […]