MONCKS CORNER, SC
Mepkin Abbey | Moncks Corner, SC
Peaceful & Serene
Do not feel as if you’re intruding when you visit Mepkin Abbey, in the tiny town of Moncks Corner near Charleston. This community of Roman Catholic Trappist monks has been welcoming folks since 1949. Church membership is not a requirement, although respect for the brothers is. This is their home, the site of their work, and their place of prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality.
Visitors often come to simply feel the peace and serenity that all seem to find. The gardens are open year round, and the view of the Cooper River feels eternal. For some, an hour spent walking the grounds offers a stress-reliever like no other. Others come to shop for the brothers’ oyster mushrooms – fresh or dried – as well as gifts and books from the shop. Students and educators pore over rare volumes in the Clare Booth Luce Library, funded chiefly by the Henry Luce Foundation and sheltering 50,000 books. There are retreats for groups or individuals. Ultimately, those are simply accoutrements to the entire experience of being there.
WOW Factor: It’s beautiful, and renewing of spirit like few other areas. In fact, weddings are held at Mepkin Abbey, and always welcomed by the brothers. The columbarium offers a final resting place and families find services there to be comforting and supportive. The annual Creche Festival is a true favorite, held each year around the end of November and attracting dozens of creches on display from artists.
Hint: Visit when guided tours are available. (Tuesdays – Saturdays, at 11:30am and 3pm.) The spring and fall are particularly enchanting. If you are of “a certain age” consider their Institute of Contemplative Eldering. There are powerful sessions to help attendees discern the “Call of the Second Half of Life.” But don’t wait until you are 50 or beyond. All ages will simply love time spent on these hallowed grounds.
www.MepkinAbbey.org | 843.761.8509
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