The one constant, change

New Abbey Vocation Director

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Family Retreat

The Abbey Guest Center hosted its 10th annual Family Retreat. We had several families here with many children running around campus with excitement. “Pentecost” was the theme for this year’s retreat. I helped out by giving a couple of talks, focusing on the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I also helped organize the scavenger hunt […]

Seminary Graduation 2019

Saturday we celebrated graduation and today we said our farewell to those graduating seniors and students receiving the pre-theology certificate. It is always a bitter-sweet time at Conception Seminary. These men have spent much time among us praying, studying, and maturing. Now they prepare for their next step in life. Conception Seminary College Commencement & […]

Seminary May Day

Friday, May 10th was Conception Seminary’s annual “May Day” events. It is like one big day-long sports game. This year’s competition of the blue team vs. the white team involved soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, tug of war, and more. Among the numerous individual events, there was a dunk competition (on a […]

Abbey Trails 2019

We had our annual 5K Run/2-mile walk on Saturday morning, May 4th. This year we had beautiful weather and a wonderful turnout. There were 81 runners in the 5K race and 120 walkers. Participants enjoyed brunch and the health fair after the race in St. Michael’s Gymnasium. Seminarian John Paul Hartnedy (Diocese of Little Rock) […]

Lent Begins

Abbot Benedict presided at Mass for Ash Wednesday. At Mass we prayed in the Opening Prayer: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Each year, in preparation for Lent, each […]

February Activities

It has been an activity filled past couple of weeks. In addition to the work and ministry, we continue to get more snow. It has been a particularly snowy winter this year both in quantity of snow and frequency. Just last night we got another 2 inches of snow as evidence by my picture below. […]

Fr. Aquinas Professes Solemn Vows

Today, in the presence of his family, friends, seminarians, and his monastic confreres, Fr. Aquinas professed solemn vows as a monk of Conception Abbey.  In the ceremony, Fr. Aquinas made a perpetual commitment to live as a monk of our monastery, vowing obedience, stability, and conversion of life.  As you can imagine, this is an […]

Giving Tuesday

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. […]

3 Men Clothed as Novices

“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 […]