International Day 

The seminarians hosted International Day where they could celebrate diversity of cultures present at Conception Seminary College. Various types of food, music and, presentations were provided during the early afternoon. It is a blessing to have such a diverse amount of cultures and ethnicities represented at the seminary and through out the Church.   
    
    
    
 

Freshmen Class Outing

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Every year the different classes in the seminary college will organize a class outing. Usually these occur in the spring semester, particularly when the weather is nicer. The freshmen class traveled to Lake Viking to the home of friends of mine. They were generous enough to allow the 25 of us to spend most of the day at their beautiful place.

The weather was absolutely perfect, 75 degrees and sunny. Though the water was too cold to swim in (though that didn’t stop some from jumping in), the men enjoyed the peaceful environment outdoors and took turns using the two kayaks. There were plenty of activities inside, but the majority of the seminarians could not pass up being outside, sitting on the dock, playing catch with a baseball in the yard, or having a bonfire in the evening.

Three of the seminarians cooked a delicious supper- chicken fajitas and quesadillas, as well as hamburgers on the grill.

It was a great time to relax before final exams and everyone goes their separate ways for the summer. 
  
  
  

Prayer for Vocations

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Sunday was the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It was also the spring priesthood discernment retreat, Encounter with God’s Call weekend. Conception Seminary College welcomed around 70 young men to check out the seminary. Sunday afternoon, there was a Eucharistic procession out to the Marian Grotto on campus.

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Sunday evening I had Mass at the Newman Center on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University. We also had a Eucharistic procession that went around campus.

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From Above

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The weather has been beautiful this week and the sun finally broke through the clouds today to unveil some vibrant colors. Just during this week we have seen a remarkable difference with the amount of foliage on the trees. We still have a ways to go, but spring is off to a great start. This week’s forecast calls for highs in the 70’s and 80’s.
  

Feast of Saint Benedict

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Happy Feast of St. Benedict!

Normally the Feast of St. Benedict is on March 21, but due to Lent and Holy Week, and then the Octave Week of Easter, St. Benedict’s feast day (Transitus) was transferred to April 5.

The seminarians returned from Easter vacation on Sunday evening. Since the monks celebrate this day as a Solemnity, there were no classes in the seminary.

Instead, today the seminarians welcomed their pastors to the seminary for the annual Pastors Day. We also welcomed His Excellency, Bishop James Johnston, the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph who celebrated Mass. Abbot Gregory preached The seminarians are now enjoying a relaxing, but windy spring day!

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Above: Archbishop Paul Coakley (OKC), Bishop James Johnston (KC-St. Joe), and Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.
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Magnolias in Bloom

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The magnolia trees between the monastery and St. Maur Hall are in full bloom. The opened up sometime early last week and were spared from the freezing temperatures. Currently they are clinging to the branches amid some fierce southern winds that we have been having these days. The rest of the trees are starting to bud here and there, but the magnolias definitely added some nice color during this spring and Easter week.

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Easter Monday Tradition 

The monks are happy to continue a tradition that has gone on for many years. On Easter Monday the monastic community welcomes the Benedictine sisters from Clyde for evening prayer and supper. It is always a fitting way to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Happy Easter

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Dear Friends,

Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! Happy Easter to all of you!

We had a beautiful celebration of the Easter Vigil, beginning in darkness at 4:30 a.m., but concluding in the light of a new day.

May the Risen Christ fill your heart with joy and peace during this Easter season.

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