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Conception Abbey and Seminary College has participated in the Giving Tuesday event for several years. Monks, seminarians, employees, friends and neighbors gather in St. Raphael Hall (the Welcome Center) to donate and wrap gifts, make blankets and stuffed animals, decorate ornaments, and write Christmas cards which will be sent to people in need this Christmas. The goal is to give back and combat the consumerism and materialism that is very strong in during the holiday season. It is a way to share the many blessings the Conception community has with others who are in need.

Below: Br. Cyprian and Troy Bodman (Seminarian for the Archdiocese of OKC) are dressed for the occasion.

Above: Fr. Daniel and Br. David write Christmas cards.

Below: Daniel Chinn, employee of the Abbey, spreads some holiday cheer at the Card Station.

Above: Making blankets!

Below: Matthew Dolechek (Seminarian for the Diocese of Wichita) and Br. Maximilian visit with guests and show off their headwear. 

Above: Employees, Jenny Huard (Director of Development) and Kaity Holtman (Director of Communications) are among those who were responsible for organizing the event.

Below: Johnnatan Ibarra (Seminarian for the Diocese of Amarillo) helps out at the gift wrapping station.

Below: Jonah Beckham (Seminarian for the Archdiocese of OKC) normally dresses like this most days.

I captured some aerial photos on Monday after we the snow storm came through on Sunday. Enjoy these pictures from above!