The one constant, change

New Abbey Vocation Director


Ask the Abbot

Since Abbot Benedict’s election in late-November, I have wanted to film a few videos on him. A couple of years ago I started a fun series of videos called: “Ask a Monk”. This video features Abbot Benedict. Listen to his responses to the questions and get to know some of his preferences.

Monk’s Hobby Part II

Fr. Pachomius is our in-house iconographer.  He does a lot of different art work in terms from pen and ink to painting.  In this video he explains his passion for art and making beautiful creations to give glory to God.  More appropriately, he views what he does with art as a calling more than a […]

Monk’s Hobby

I am starting a new video series to focus on different monks and their hobbies.  The written version in Tower Topics is called “By the Work of their Hands.”  In this first video, Br. Etienne talks about his enjoyment of digital photography.

Ask a Monk Videos: Part 3

Back by popular demand, we filmed some more Ask a Monk videos with all new questions! If you missed the first two installments, please be sure to check out the blog postings:   Part 1 and Part 2  

Ask a Monk Videos: Part 2

Here is the second installment of the #AskaMonk videos.  If you missed the first set, you can check them out here:  Ask a Monk part 1

The Art of Lettering

Br. Michael has been doing calligraphy for years. He has attended many workshops, taught classes on the art in the seminary, and giving calligraphy retreats. In early August, Br. Michael, had two calligraphy retreats- one for beginners and one for intermediate students. He weaved in the Benedictine practice of lectio divina into the lettering process.

Honey from the Comb

Br. Anselm is the monastery’s bee keeper. It was not something he ever thought he would do, but it is just something that he got into a few years ago.  He appreciates the work outside, which is a pleasant break from his usual assignment of teaching philosophy.  He now has five beehives. I suited up alongside […]

Archbishop Jerome with Pope John Paul II

The post was submitted by Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.  Archbishop Jerome is the retired archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa.  He is a monk of Conception Abbey and was elected as Abbot of the monastery in 1977.  In 1987, he was named bishop of St. Cloud, Minnesota.  During his time as Abbot and Bishop, he visited with […]

Out of the Frying Pan

This posting was submitted by Fr. Guerric Letter, O.S.B., a monk of Conception Abbey.  Fr. Guerric has held several monastic job assignments, but he contributes this entry in his role as Kitchen Master. On June 1, 2013 I began my assignment as Kitchen Master for Conception Abbey.  Being just 31 years old, at the time, […]