Palm Sunday Procession

Due to the questionable weather, we had to keep the Palm Sunday procession indoors this year.  It was cloudy and threatening to rain all morning long.  Scattered thunderstorms have been saturating the ground, just in time for the farmers’ planting season.  Our procession took us to St. Raphael Hall and back to the Basilica for […]

A Little More Like Spring

This week has been remarkably warmer, and signs of spring are all around us. The grass is looking far greener than ever, and people are outside walking, jogging, and working. Below:  Br. Blaise rakes some leaves and prepares the gardens on a beautiful afternoon. Below: The light from the evening sun casts a stunning reflection […]

Monastic Life at Conception Abbey

I put together this video for Abbot Gregory on a talk that he gave to another monastic community on the topic of “Vocations.”  Conception Abbey has had a number of young men join in recent years, and this is our response to why we entered monastic life.

Encounter Weekend

Conception Seminary College hosts a come and see weekend for young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood.  Encounter with God’s Call weekend occurs once in the fall semester and once in the spring.  The participants hear a variety of talks about the joys and challenges of discernment and share their experiences in following Christ. […]

Weekly Assignments

Each Saturday the Prior (Fr. Daniel) posts a new list of assignments goes on the monastery bulletin board. It lists anything from who is celebrating Mass during the week, to the bell ringer, to table waiters. There are “house” (monastery) assignments, and these assignments begin Saturday afternoon and continue throughout the week. Also, for the […]

Companion Camp

The weekend of June 20-22, we host our 18th annual Companion Camp.  The camp is for boys entering grades 6th-8th.  I have been involved in the camp for about ten years and I have been Camp Director the past several years.  It is a great experience for junior high boys to enjoy one another’s company, […]

April Fool’s Caption Writing Results

I had an April Fool’s Photo of the Day and requested people to submit their captions on our Facebook page. Posted below are the picture and the comments. Boy, you break one chair and they never let you even step foot inside again. I was invited to a barbeque today after Mass. Um wait a […]

Body and Soul: John Paul II Fitness Center

Tuesday evening is the only day of our monastic schedule that varies a little.  I described our usual haustus practice in a previous post.  This evening after Vespers, we had a community meeting to discuss certain plans in preparation for the renovation of the monastery.  It is a significant project and we have many things to consider. […]