Refectory Art: Part II

The monastic refectory has some new art on the east wall, which will be behind the head table.  Two Beuronese-style murals, in color, now complement the monochrome murals that were recently restored.  The refectory is turning out to be very beautiful and an appropriate communal gathering space. Below:  Restored monochrome murals  Above and Below:  New […]

Restoring the Refectory Art

Evergreene Architectural Arts of New York (the company that restored our murals in the basilica) will restore the Beuronese murals in the refectory and add several new murals in both the refectory and the chapter room.  They have also advised the community in applying decorations around the walls of those same rooms and around some doorways […]

Card Party at the Abbey

Saturday evening we hosted a group of eight couples who live around the Abbey.  All of them are parishioners at St. Columba’s in Conception Junction.  Many from the group get together regularly to have supper and play cards, so I decided to host them at the monastery.  We played in the Alumni Union in St. […]

Renovation Update

The monastery renovation is progressing well.  I anticipate that we will see some rapid and dramatic changes during the next couple of months.  The monks are still planning on a July 1 move-in date.     Above:  Monastery courtyard with new sidewalk Below:  New stairwell on the northeast side of the monastery    Below:  Br. Blaise and Br. […]

In the Light of the Resurrection

Happy Easter!  Alleluia! The seminarians are away on Easter Vacation and the monastic community is enjoying a peaceful and cheerful Easter Octave. Tonight the Benedictine Sisters from Clyde will join us for Evening Prayer and supper- a long held tradition.  All week long the monks will have a 3:00pm gathering with appetizers and a time […]

Easter Preparations

It takes the coordination and help of many people in order to put together one of the most beautiful Easter Vigils around.  The Vigil at Conception Abbey begins in complete darkness and silence at 4:30am Easter Sunday.  The Easter fire is lit outside in front of the Basilica. This afternoon the Sacristan, Br. Bernard, was […]


Today we begin the Paschal Triduum as we journey toward the joy of Easter.  This year I will help out with the liturgies at the Newman Center at Northwest Missouri State.  We have many people join us at the monastery for the Triduum.  Guests are always welcome to join the monks for prayer.  In fact, […]