Laetare Sunday

Rejoice in the Lord! It is the Fourth Sunday of Lent, and Easter is three short weeks away. I was asked to record the reflection for this Sunday’s readings. I have included the video below. You can find all of the daily Lenten reflections here: https://lent.conceptionabbey.org/   In other news the Seminary had its bi-annual Board […]

Lent Begins

Yesterday we celebrated Ash Wednesday. We begin our 40 day journey of uniting ourselves to the mystery of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. It’s a time to purify ourselves through practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Conception Abbey is offering daily Lenten reflections for the entire season of Lent. Different monks were asked to write […]

Called to Monastic Life

I finished editing some more video. This brief video features Abbot Benedict Neenan sharing his vocation story and call to monastic life.

Calligraphy and Lectio Divina

Br. Michael is a man of many talents. In recent years he has been putting on a couple of Calligraphy retreats that incorporate the practice of lectio divina. With the help of alumnus, Dave Sotelo, we were able to put together this video of Br. Michael explaining the connection between writing the Word and prayer.

Discerning your Vocation

Many young people feel the call to religious life, but many things hold them back. Some do not know the best way to discern their vocation. Abbot Benedict offers this practical advice for those who might find themselves in this situation. Obviously, prayer is the first and primary factor when it comes to discernment, but […]

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.

Video: Encountering Christ

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!  Today is our big feast day as we celebrate this wonderful Solemnity for the Church and our community which is under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception. I completed a video and launched it this morning on Facebook and YouTube. It communicates the importance that monasteries have in the […]

Evening Prayer with the Monks

What is it like to pray with the monks? I recently completed a video of Vespers, our evening Office of Thanksgiving. As a major hour of the Divine Office, the monks line up in order of seniority in the monastery glass hallway. The Abbot, Prior, and Subprior are at the head of the line, followed by those […]

Abbey Basilica Anniversary

Today we celebrate 125 years of the Dedication of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Our historic basilica church was dedicated on May 10, 1891. It has served as the place of worship and encounter with God.It is a space of beauty and grandeur. With gratitude we celebrate this special anniversary in our history. In honor of […]

Living the Gospel

I completed a video featuring several aerial shots of the Abbey. You don’t get to see these angles all that often. Please share this video with any young men who you feel may have a monastic vocation or anyone who could benefit spiritually from a visit to our monastery.