Christmas Preparations

There are many activities in these final days of Advent as we prepare for Christmas. The  monks began decorating the monastery, with the church decorations to follow on Sunday afternoon. Below: Construction on the monastery’s water tower is coming along nice. The new water tower on the southeast side of campus will allow the monks […]

Giving Tuesday 

Conception Abbey hosted its annual Giving Tuesday event where seminarians, monks, employees, and members of the local community looked to make Christmas a little more special for many families in need. St. Raphael Hall was filled with people between 6:00-8:00 PM who were giving back in various ways. Some were making ornaments, some were writing […]

The Year of Consecrated Life

It was a beautiful weekend at the Abbey as we move into the Advent Season, a season characterized by waiting for the coming of Christ.  There is also great excitement at the Abbey as we inaugurate the Year of Consecrated Life.  Pope Francis has called this year as a time for a renewal and recognizing […]

O Antiphons

The monks gather in the Basilica five times a day to pray for the Church and the world.  During this season of Advent, we have been preparing ourselves for Christ’s Coming at Christmas.  As Christmas approaches, the monks take part in the Church’s long tradition of the “O Antiphons.”  The O Antiphons are ancient liturgical […]

A Year of Firsts

The priests of the monastery are on a rotation to celebrate the Eucharist for the community each day.  In some monastic communities, it is the same priest assigned for the entire week who celebrates Mass.  Our custom is that a different priest celebrates Mass each day.  Today, Dec. 5, I was the principal celebrant for […]