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Today we celebrate the anniversary of the Dedication of the Abbey Basilica.  The Basilica is the spiritual center of our campus, because it is where we give praise and worship to God.  All the work we do, in our many apostolates, draw strength from what we do six times a day in church.  To quote the Psalmist:  “If the Lord does build the house, in vain do its builders labor.”  May the Lord continue to bless all our endeavors!

Abbot Gregory presided at today’s Eucharist.  Normally we celebrate this feast day on May 10, but since May 10 was a Sunday of Easter, the feast was transferred to Monday, May 11.
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More big news in the seminary:

Conception Seminary College Appoints New Vice Rector-Dean of Students

Conception Abbey and Conception Seminary College announce the appointment of the Rev. Patrick York, to the position of Vice Rector-Dean of Students of Conception Seminary College. Father Patrick is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita in Kansas. He will take up his new responsibilities at Conception in August, succeeding the Rev. Donald Gibbs, O.S.B., who will be staying on as a spiritual director.

Father Patrick was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Vocal Music, and stayed on to work as the Assistant Director of Development for Benedictine College until July of 1985. From there he continued on to Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, graduating in 1990 with a Masters in Divinity. He has served in numerous parishes and positions throughout the Catholic Diocese of Wichita including: Associate Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburg, Chaplain of St. Pius X Newman Center in Pittsburg, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Frontenac, Associate Director of Vocations, Pastor of St. Peter in Schulte, Pastor of the Church of the Magdalene, Chaplain of the Knights of the Holy Queen, Chaplain of the Wichita Fire Department, and Adjunct Professor at Newman University.

Congratulations, Fr. Pat!