Mepkin Abbey

In 1949 Gethsemani Abbey accepted the handsome gift of the Henry and Clare Boothe Luce estate. The site, sitting on a high bluff overlooking the Cooper River twenty miles upstream from Charleston is well known for the beauty of its gardens and ancient live oaks. An inter-generational community who work with our hands an pray together, on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River in a monastery arranged like a small village. Guest House: Some men and women may wish to spend several nights in one of our Guest Houses for the purpose of a spiritual retreat. These retreats are scheduled from Monday afternoon to Friday morning and from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Week-long retreats are available from Monday to Monday or Friday to Friday. Contact Retreatants may attend any and all prayer services in the Abbey Church and have a designated section in the monastic choir to accommodate them, if they so desire. One of the monks assists the retreatants with the order of prayer so as to facilitate their full participation. No conferences are given, but sacramental reconciliation (Confession) is available upon request. The Clare Boothe Luce Library is open to retreatants at designated times.

Vocation Director Name: 
Father Kevin
1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd. Moncks Corner, SC 29461-4796
19 Monks
Principal means of support: 
Sale of oyster mushrooms, homegrown microgreens, salad dressing and "drizzle", sale of timber, retreat house.

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