Monastic Guest Program Recommences

Monastic Guest Program Recommences

Monastic Guest Program RecommencesOne of the many consequences of the COVID pandemic was the fact that we had to cancel our monastic guest program for the last year. We even had to decline some people whose bags were all packed and ready to … Continue Reading

Saint Francis Retreat Center Opens with Restricted Access

Saint Francis Retreat Center Opens with Restricted Access

  • Those who register for an Individual/Private Retreat must comply with the Safety and Pledge and Waiver Guidelines on the following pages.
  • Registration will be made on the Abbey’s website mepkinabbey.org.
    Check in is between 2:00 – 4:00 PM on Monday
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The Bread of Life during the COVID-19 Pandemic By Fr. Gerard Jonas

The Bread of Life during the COVID-19 Pandemic  By Fr. Gerard JonasJesus, the ever-available Bread of Life

By Fr. Gerard Jonas

15 June 2020

I remember, for my First Communion, my mother, Inay Luz, gifted me with a picture-booklet on St. Tarcisius, the brave 12-year old martyr for the Bread of … Continue Reading

Mushrooms Are Us! Mycelial Possibilities for Monasteries and Pandemics

Mushrooms Are Us! Mycelial Possibilities for Monasteries and Pandemics
(First of a two-part series)

By Father Joseph Kerrigan

It’s May 18.  I haven’t had a conversation with Father Columba here at the Abbey since April 14.  Even then, we only had the chance to speak at length while riding … Continue Reading

Goaltenders in an Uncertain Contest

Goaltenders in an Uncertain Contest
By Father Joseph Kerrigan

When the full 19-man Mepkin community gathers as one, it’s humbling for me to look around once in awhile and realize, as I approach 60 years of age, that I’m the most junior in terms of … Continue Reading

Oneness by Fr. Guerric Heckel May 2, 2020

Oneness by Fr. Guerric Heckel May 2, 2020
I am sitting on the bench by the Cooper River,
The space where I feel I am a bridge between
The Outer and Inner world.
I am the COVID Virus and the Cure.
I am the Patient and the Doctor.… Continue Reading

The Church after the Pandemic

The Church after the Pandemic

The Church After the Pandemic: Prophetic and Contemplative

by Fr. Columba

1 May 2020

Pope Francis often speaks of a church with open doors. He says he hates seeing churches that are closed because a closed church is a symbol … Continue Reading

Mepkin Opportunities for Spiritually Connecting – Tuesdays and Thursdays Online

“It is an immense privilege to be part of a community based on love.”  John O Donohue

Dear friends,

Mepkin Abbey will continue hosting Meditation/Centering Prayer Opportunities each Tuesday & Thursday at 8am & 8pm. The Zoom Links are listed … Continue Reading

New Fourth and Walnut

New Fourth and Walnut
ENVISIONING THE NEW “FOURTH & WALNUT”

By Father Joseph Kerrigan

The Trappist Thomas Merton had a mystical encounter in downtown Louisville on March 18, 1958.  Part of that moment’s power is that it was seeded in the ordinary, daily urban … Continue Reading

Holy Week and Easter at Mepkin

Holy Week and Easter at Mepkin

The monks celebrated Holy Week and Easter alone this year as there were no guests due to the pandemic. However, they remembered all their families, friends, benefactors and guests in their prayers.

On Passion Sunday, the palm was blessed, and … Continue Reading