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We had seven men here for the Monastic Experience this past weekend. Our guests arrived Friday evening in time for Vespers and stayed through Sunday lunch. They lived the monastic schedule, prayed with the monks and ate with the monks. For several of the men, it was their first visit to Conception Abbey. These men are all interested and discerning monastic life and wanted to have a greater experience of it.
Below: There were three main conferences or talks during the weekend. Abbot Benedict met with the men Saturday afternoon.
Below: On Saturday evening, it was our game night and social. Several monks joined in the fun as I organized a Bunco night. Bunco is a dice game that is played in groups of four. We had four groups and the winners received a gift certificate to the monastery gift shop. The dice game is quick to play and very easy to learn, but it gave the opportunity for interacting and meeting different people.
Below: Br. Michael gave our guests a tour of the newly completed Infirmary Chapel. Br. Michael contributed a lot for the artistic elements and planning.
Below: The completed chapel and its first Mass and blessing by Abbot Benedict.