Most of the crop is sold fresh to local restaurants and markets in Charleston. In recent months, the abbey, in response to its aging population and its lack of young novices, formed a committee for its future development and drew up a set of programs aimed at attracting a younger and more spiritually diverse group of people. Many young people of the Roman Catholic tradition, Father Guerric added, will simply not be attracted to forms of monasticism that require celibacy and a lifetime commitment. And the abbey, they say, is a repository of wisdom about the benefits of contemplative living.
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That sense of acceptance was affirmed by Rob Hagan, who spent 30 years as a monk at Mepkin before leaving the monastery in While there, he used the first name Aelred. Hagan, who is gay, said that he renounced his monastic vows to explore life as an openly gay man, free from the Trappist rules of chastity and seclusion.
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It really is the grace of Mepkin. Despite their hope for the future, the monks at Mepkin are cleareyed about the likelihood that their new initiatives — which will probably attract young, interfaith and short-term visitors — will fail to attract Roman Catholics who are interested in a long-term commitment with the core monastic community.
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Trappist monasteries in the United States are likely to consolidate, Father Stan said. Some aging monasteries, including Mepkin, have had to rely on greater numbers of paid employees and volunteers, which has helped avert a shortage of labor. And if that means closing Mepkin, that means closing Mepkin. But I have great hope in the future.
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The Trappist Brewery Beer is among one of the most well-known Trappist-produced goods used to support the monastery producing the beer and fund its charitable endeavors. The following is the strict criteria ITA-recognized breweries see list must follow: The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery, either by monks themselves or under their supervision. The brewery must be of secondary importance within the monastery and it should witness to the business practices proper to a monastic way of life.
The brewery is not intended to be a profit-making venture. The income covers the living expenses of the monks and the maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Whatever remains is donated to charity for social work and to help persons in need. Saint Bernardus begins selling beers under its own name.
Homebrewers Association. You might also like Get the App. The rule of Saint Benedict is written and to this day remains the reason why monks brew and sell beer.
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Seeking a purer living of the rule of Saint Benedict, a stricter order of Cistercians begins in La Trappe, becoming known as Trappists. Monks fleeing France with the idea of heading to America found a Trappist monastery at Westmalle. Monks from Westvleteren found the abbey at Chimay, and in start brewing beer and selling it to the surrounding community.
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Rochefort resumes brewing twelve years after monks from Achel re-established the abandoned monastery. In the Chimay Blanche — also known as the Chimay Triple — completed the Holy Trinity of color-coded Chimay beers that would conquer the world and the taste buds of Michael Jackson, an avid fan who helped spread the international word. The monastery instead relies on a visitor center plus shop, a cozy inn and gorgeous forest surroundings to make a trip worthwhile.
Save to Wishlist. A short distance outside the more than year old principality of Chimay lies the Abbey of Our Lady of Scourmont , home to a Trappist brewery of worldwide renown. The ever-growing popularity of the full-bodied Chimay beers has meant its monks are constantly walking the tightrope between authenticity and self-promotion.