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“Come, Follow Me.” Just as Jesus once spoke this invitation to his Apostles, three young men discerned that God was leading them to try monastic life at Conception Abbey.

The monks of Conception Abbey clothed with the monastic habit and scapular three new novices on Tuesday, August 14.  These candidates, Cole Johnson, Casey Vandersnick, and Gregory Conti, have spent time preparing for this important initial step in their formation and education. During the course of the next year as novices, they will live with the community and discern whether they believe God is leading them to make a more serious commitment by professing vows, which would take place on August 15, 2019.

These young men will spend up to one year further discerning God’s call in their lives. Cole Johnson, 23, is from Beloit, Kansas, and he spent the past three years studying at Conception Seminary College as a seminarian for the Diocese of Salina. Casey Vandersnick, 21, completed his sophomore year at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He hails from O’Neill, Nebraska. Gregory Conti, 22, is from San Luis Obispo, California. He spent four years studying at the University of Notre Dame and graduated this past May.

Below: Fr. Xavier, Novicemaster, leads the postulants into the Basilica.

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The Abbot asks: What is your request?
The men respond: We seek the mercy of God and fellowship in this community.novitiate entrance 2018_1

Below: Each novice receives a copy of the Rule of St. Benedict.novitiate entrance 2018_2novitiate entrance 2018_4

Below: The monks welcome the new novices offering them the Kiss of Peace.novitiate entrance 2018_5novitiate entrance 2018_6novitiate entrance 2018_7novitiate entrance 2018_8

Please pray for these novices as they begin this important year of formation in their lives.novitiate entrance 2018_9