Alumni & Open House

This past weekend was our annual Alumni Reunion Weekend.  We welcome more than 100 alumni.  Many of them were eager to return to see the newly renovated monastery, a capital campaign to which many of them contributed generously. Bishop Pates (Diocese of Des Moines) was the Guest Speaker for Alumni Day and he also celebrated Mass […]

Catholic Radio with Bishop Pates

Bishop Pates called into his regular show on Friday mornings on Des Moines Catholic Radio from Conception Seminary College.  He spoke about his experiences of being in Washington, D.C. during Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit.  Bishop Pates had Abbot Gregory, Fr. Brendan, and the three Des Moines seminarians join him for the hour long radio program. It […]

KC Golf & Dinner

The days continue to be very busy with many good activities.  Yesterday was the annual Priests and Seminarians Appreciation Dinner and Golf outing.  The proceeds from the event benefit Conception Seminary College.  It is a day to say “thank you” to the priests who serve in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the […]

Tri-C Celebration

We welcomed another monastery vocation guest who was here for the weekend visiting our community.  He and Archbishop Jerome were discussing gardens, so we took a tour of the gardens Sunday morning. Above:  Our vocation guest and Archbishop Jerome checking out the cherry tomatoes. Below:  Br. Justin picking Habanero peppers to make some salsa. We had […]

Labor Day Weekend

It was a warm Labor Day Weekend in Missouri.  Saturday morning I was at Viking Lake with the students from the Newman Center at Northwest Missouri State.  We had Mass, then spent a few hours swimming and going out on the boat.  Several of the priests from the Abbey take turns on the weekends celebrating […]