In the Christmas Octave

The past few days have been filled with many great blessings and activities.  First of all, let me wish you:  MERRY CHRISTMAS Christmas is always a wonderful time of the year at the Abbey, and we continue to celebrate during this Christmas Octave.  Many familiar guests grace us with their presence during these holy days, […]

Decorating for Christmas

The monks began decorating the monastery and dining room yesterday.  Some of the monks spent the morning and afternoon decorating such spaces as the dining room, the community room, St. Raphael Hall, and they began assembling the crib in the Basilica. Monday evening the monks had a special social hour where they placed ornaments on […]

For those in Need

After our very successful Giving Tuesday event, where many people contributed their time and treasure in providing for families in need, we were ready for the next step:  Deliver the goods! Five of us from the Abbey (including three monks) traveled to Maryville to visit with the families and bring them the gifts that aimed […]

It’s Beginning to Feel a lot like Christmas

The monks began the “O Antiphons” yesterday evening at Vespers. The O Antiphons are ancient liturgical texts used at Evening Prayer of the last seven days of Advent. Each of them is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom) December 18: O Adonai (O Lord) December […]

Renovation Continues

I took some monastery renovation pictures a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t get around to posting them.  It was around Thanksgiving time when the monks on mission were back home for a few days and they were offered a tour of the monastery.  I hope to get more renovation pictures in the days ahead, […]

Ask a Monk Videos: Part 2

Here is the second installment of the #AskaMonk videos.  If you missed the first set, you can check them out here:  Ask a Monk part 1

Seminary Events

On Monday some of the seminarians wanted to take their annual Christmas picture.  I took a picture for them last year, which was in the style of an “Awkward Family photo.”  The seminarians donned some pretty hideous sweaters and sent out the cards to family and friends.  This year they wanted to wear cassocks and […]

Immaculate Conception

Today we celebrated our titular feast day, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The mural of the Immaculate Conception dominates the apse of the Basilica. Below:  Seminarians and monks line up for the procession at the beginning of Mass. Below:  Abbot Gregory presides at Eucharist on this special feast day. […]

Ask a Monk Videos: Part 1

We started a new series of videos called “Ask a Monk.”  Different monks of Conception Abbey are asked a series of successive questions to which they are expected to give a quick response.  The questions give insight into the monk’s preferences, likes, and interests.  Enjoy these first four videos, and feel free to share them […]