F.I.R.E. Retreat

I had the privilege of traveling to Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg, Kansas to help out with the 2016 F.I.R.E. Men’s Retreat. I was invited to help out with confessions on Saturday evening, but I arrived there Saturday morning to participate in the activities and interact with the 90 men attending the retreat. When I […]

Blessing of New Crucifix

The new crucifix which was hand carved specifically for the monastery dining room was mounted on Tuesday. The monastic community gathered for the blessing of this crucifix before supper. Abbot Gregory blessed the crucifix which all of the monks will look upon whenever we gather in the dining room. It is situated between a mural of Martha […]

Celebrating with our Neighbors

Every year for the Feast of St. Scholastica, the sisters (our Benedictine neighbors) invite the monks to join them for Vespers and supper. The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are just 2 miles down the road and we have a great relationship and a long history. The Feast of St. Scholastica was transferred one day […]

Lent Begins

The monastic and seminary community gathered today in the Basilica to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass. The formula used for imposition of ashes: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Abbot Gregory presided and preached at today’s liturgy and Fr. Brendan Moss, Rector of Conception Seminary, helped distribute ashes. St. Benedict encourages his monks to live a […]

Celebrating Culture

This afternoon monks and seminarians celebrated with the CMC Community, our Vietnamese brothers who are on campus studying at Conception Seminary. Tet or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. We recognized the Vietnamese New Year by a presentation and plenty of good food. Above: Fr. Pat and Fr. Samuel enjoy the festivities. Below: […]

Living the Gospel

I completed a video featuring several aerial shots of the Abbey. You don’t get to see these angles all that often. Please share this video with any young men who you feel may have a monastic vocation or anyone who could benefit spiritually from a visit to our monastery.