Prepare Yourself

Beginning with Evening Prayer on Friday, the monks were on a Day of Recollection in anticipation of the season of Advent.  A Day of Recollection is a day of silence and reflection where no speaking or common recreation is permitted.  Rather, the monks are encouraged to read, spend more time in prayer, and practice lectio […]


“I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you” (Phil 1:3-4). Happy Thanksgiving!  The monks of Conception Abbey have many reasons to give thanks.  It is important for us first to recognize the little blessings of each day, like a beautiful […]

Faithful Witnesses

We honor our jubilarians this evening with a special “Gaudeamus” (Let us rejoice) celebration in the monastic refectory.  It is a house tradition that the younger members of the monastic community put on some form of entertainment to honor and recognize the jubilarians.  In the last few years, there has been everything ranging from humorous to […]

Sacred Reading

I have always enjoyed making movies.  I am in the process of creating a series of informative videos about monastic life, which should attract the interest of anyone who wants to learn more about the Benedictine tradition, or may be considering a monastic vocation. This video focuses on the monastic practice of lectio divina, which is […]

Another Reason to Smile

The seminarians have cause for rejoicing, as they depart today after their last morning class for Thanksgiving break.  I am sure they have been looking forward to some relaxing time with their families, and a little time away from studies, as the end of the semester concludes on December 20.  As they are leaving for […]

New Beginnings

For some time now I have thought about creating a blog to give others insight into our way of life as Benedictine monks at Conception Abbey.  Our lives as monks, offered to Christ, encounter many great joys and blessings, which I hope to share and communicate with all who access this blog.  It will serve […]