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 […]

Meeting of the Abbots

This summer we seem to be having more individual guests and guest groups than in past summers.  These past few days the 32 members of the Swiss American General Chapter arrived for meetings which began Thursday evening and ended with a banquet after Vespers on Sunday evening.  Many monks were involved in coordinating the events […]

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 […]

Recent Stirrings

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the Dedication of the Abbey Basilica.  The Basilica is the spiritual center of our campus, because it is where we give praise and worship to God.  All the work we do, in our many apostolates, draw strength from what we do six times a day in church.  To quote the […]

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 […]

Good Works and Preparing for Lent

The Lenten seasons begins this week with Ash Wednesday.  Each year, in preparation for Lent, each monk of the community meets with the Abbot to submit his “bona opera” (good works).  The bona opera is a list of three things that the monk has prayerfully decided to do for Lent.  Usually these works correspond to […]