SEEK 2019

Fr. Etienne, Br. Placid, and I spent the past 5 days at the SEEK 2019 Conference, which is sponsored by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). This year we got a booth to promote vocations to Conception Abbey. On January 2, we loaded up the car and headed to Indianapolis to arrive a day early […]

Three New Postulants

Happy Feast of St. Benedict! This wonderful feast day is a particularly joyous occasion today as we receive three new members into the monastery. Cole (from Beloit, KS), Casey (from O’Neill, NE), and Gregory (San Luis Obispo, CA) entered the monastery this morning as postulants. Please keep these men in your prayers as they begin […]

Abbot Christian Visits

We are blessed to have Abbot Christian Meyer of Engelberg as our guest this week.  Since 2010 he has been the 59th abbot of our 900 year old mother house and this is his first visit to the United States.  He will attend the meeting of Abbots President at St. Meinrad Archabbey next week and then […]

Abbot Benedict’s Crosier and Cross

Friday after Day Prayer, Archbishop Jerome blessed Abbot Benedict’s pastoral staff (crosier) and his pectoral cross which was specially crafted for him as a gift on behalf of his classmates who were present for the ceremony. The crosier was made by former-monk and friend Cassian Heath who crafted the staff primarily from walnut that was […]

The Abbatial Blessing 

Abbot Benedict was blessed as the 10th Abbot of Conception Abbey in a beautiful ceremony on Sunday, January 15th. While the weather prevented many guests from attending, we were able to live-stream the liturgy online. You can still watch the video by clicking here Below are some pictures from the ceremony at which Bishop Johnston […]

Conception Abbey Elects New Abbot

This afternoon the monks of Conception Abbey gathered together to elect their 10th Abbot. In September, Abbot Gregory was elected as Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation. During the past months we have been praying and preparing for the election of a new Abbot. This afternoon the community elected Fr. Benedict Neenan as Abbot of […]