Seminarian Dodgeball Tournament

The seminarians showed up in droves for the Dodgeball Tournament. Organized by a group of seminarians, I had the privilege of reffing this tournament that involved high power competition and pleasant reprieve from the cold winter weather.  I offered to referee and give direction on how to organize the tournament since I have had past […]

Planned Giving Seminar

If blog activity seemed quiet these last few days, there is good reason for it. On Monday, I traveled to the National Catholic Planned Giving Seminar.  I needed some more experience in my assignment as Director of Planned Giving and thought this would be a good opportunity for continuing education.  Additionally, I was attracted to […]

Taking the Polar Bear Plunge

It was 30 degrees outside and partly cloudy. What would possess otherwise rational and clear thinking men to break ice with an axe and plunge into freezing cold water? I’m not exactly sure why, but the Conception Seminary Polar Bear Club tradition lives on. As a seminarian, I recall participating in the event two out […]

The Strange Weather Continues

The strange weather continues, varying from rather pleasant with a hint of spring, to rain, thunder, snow, sleet, and hail.  I do not think the weather can make up its mind.  However, like many things in life, it is something we certainly cannot control, so we make the best with what are given. The following […]

Archbishop Rino Fisichella Visits Conception Abbey

Today Archbishop Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council on the New Evangelization visited Conception Abbey and presided at Eucharist.  In his homily, Archbishop focused on Christ’s question from the Gospel reading:  “But who do you say that I am?”  He spoke of the importance of our total and complete proclamation that Jesus is “the […]

Building Bonds through Teamwork and Faith

As mentioned about one week ago, KQ2 News did a three part segment on Conception Seminary’s basketball team.  I enjoyed making videos and thought they did a very fine job putting it all together. You can view the third installment here, or see the previous blog post with the first two parts here.

Melting the Snow

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day– a great day to take pictures. Today will be the same, and maybe even a little warmer. I am hoping that I might be able to get outside on the bike this afternoon for the first time this year. Today the weather is looking promising.  It is 46 just […]

Weekend Mission

A great part of being a monk and a priest is being sent out “on mission” to minister to a variety of parishes on the weekend.  Sunday morning I departed the Abbey at 6:30am to drive to Hamilton (70 miles), then on to Gallatin (15 more miles) (see map below). The parishioners at Sacred Heart […]

St. Valentine’s Day in a Monastery

Today I e-mailed a little humorous greeting to some of my friends, saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day, or as we call it in the monastery, ‘Friday.’” Actually, today the Church celebrates the memorial of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, two 9th century brothers born in Thessalonica. Both were ordained priests and lived in a monastery, but were […]

All Winter Long

Snow fell briefly before noon yesterday. The sun broke through long enough to melt the little that had accumulated on the sidewalks. And, a few pictures taken from the highway (don’t worry, I wasn’t the one driving).