Monks Compete in Warrior Dash

Last May, Fr. Victor and I were ordained to the priesthood.  This past Saturday, we were completely covered from head to toe in mud after competing in our first “Warrior Dash.”  The Warrior Dash is a 5K (3.1 mile) race with 12 different obstacles, most involving barbwire, water, mud, with some climbing structures.  It’s not […]

Archbishop Jerome with Pope John Paul II

The post was submitted by Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.  Archbishop Jerome is the retired archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa.  He is a monk of Conception Abbey and was elected as Abbot of the monastery in 1977.  In 1987, he was named bishop of St. Cloud, Minnesota.  During his time as Abbot and Bishop, he visited with […]

In Nature

Below are a collection of various nature pictures that I took during this Easter week. The grass is now nice and green and the trees are beginning to bloom and get some color. We have experienced a nice combination of sunshine and rain this week.   

Monastic Bonfire

On Tuesday evening, a group of the monks had a bonfire down at the area known as “Maria Laach.” Down the hill past the soccer field, there is an island with a fire pit on it and a nice grotto to Our Lady. We enjoyed the warmth coming from the fire and roasted marshmallows and […]

The Benedictine Sisters Come to the Abbey for a Visit

As part of an annual tradition, the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration came to join the monks for evening prayer and supper on Easter Monday.  It is always good to visit with the Sisters, who live only a couple miles down the road.  They have us over at their monastery on the feast of St. […]

Easter Sunday

Easter Greetings from Conception Abbey.  Christ is Risen, Alleluia!!! Our day began pretty early today.  I woke up at 3:40am and got ready in order to serve as MC at the 4:30am Vigil.  Gathering in the dark of night, we had excellent weather in order to have our Easter fire outdoors.  The procession ensued as […]

Good Friday

Our Good Friday celebration of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ began at the 3 o’clock hour. The monastic community processed into a full Basilica in silence. The celebration of the Lord’s Passion consists of three parts, namely, the Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.  The Priest and […]

Holy Thursday

It was a beautiful and powerful liturgy at Conception Abbey, celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  Seminarians, guests, and the monastic community gathered together to praise God on this special day.  The customary Holy Thursday banquet occurred before the celebration of the Eucharist.  The Basilica was filled with beautiful music and the lifting of our […]

Triduum Schedule

What does the Abbey’s Triduum Schedule look like?  See below. Holy Thursday 11:00am Reconciliation Service (Basilica) 12:00pm Lunch 5:00pm  Holy Thursday Banquet (Guest Dining Room) 7:00pm  Solemn Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper Adoration of the Eucharist until Midnight Good Friday 7:50am  Morning Prayer 11:45am  Daytime Prayer 12:00pm  Lunch 3:00pm  Celebration of the Passion of the […]