Between the Marsh and the Skies: The Mepkin Abbey Story is an illustrated history of Mepkin Abbey. Robert R. Macdonald has written a captivating narrative of the Trappist monastery located outside of Charleston, South Carolina, which will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2024. The work is drawn primarily from the Mepkin Abbey Archives, oral history interviews, and newspaper accounts that chronicle the Abbey’s human and spiritual journey that transformed Clare Boothe Luce and Henry R. Luce’s winter retreat into a place of prayer and work that became a significant part of South Carolina’s religious and cultural landscape. The story describes the Abbey’s challenges, struggles, and triumphs and the men and women whose dedication and labor continue to make Mepkin Abbey a place of beauty and spiritual renewal.

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