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 […]

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 […]

Br. Etienne Ordained Deacon

Br. Etienne Huard, O.S.B. was ordained a deacon Thursday evening. Bishop Johnston, our local ordinary of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, was the ordaining bishop. Family, friends, and the monastic community gathered in the Basilica church for this joyful occasion. Br. Etienne will complete his final year of theological studies at St. Vincent Seminary […]

Prayer for Vocations

Sunday was the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It was also the spring priesthood discernment retreat, Encounter with God’s Call weekend. Conception Seminary College welcomed around 70 young men to check out the seminary. Sunday afternoon, there was a Eucharistic procession out to the Marian Grotto on campus. Sunday evening I had Mass at the […]

Lent Begins

The monastic and seminary community gathered today in the Basilica to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass. The formula used for imposition of ashes: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Abbot Gregory presided and preached at today’s liturgy and Fr. Brendan Moss, Rector of Conception Seminary, helped distribute ashes. St. Benedict encourages his monks to live a […]

May Day

It is a long Conception Seminary College tradition to have a day dedicated to athletic activities for the seminarians to compete–the blue team vs. the white team.  Even the oldest alumni have their memories of May Day- the sports, the fun, and the shenanigans the night before. This year was no different.  While rainy weather […]

The Chill

The best way to stay warm these days is to stay busy.  Everyone is still getting used to the cold weather, it came on rather quickly. Yesterday evening we had another beautiful sunset.  I took the picture out of my window on the 5th floor of St. Joseph Hall. The other day I had finished […]