Lent Begins

Abbot Benedict presided at Mass for Ash Wednesday. At Mass we prayed in the Opening Prayer:¬†Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Each year, in preparation for Lent, each […]

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 […]

Preparing for Christmas

These upcoming holy days need lots of preparation, both interiorly (spiritually) and exteriorly (decorations). A group of local youth (my Bible Study group) came to the Abbey Saturday afternoon for Mass, lunch, Day Prayer, cards, quiet time, and Adoration and confession. It was an enjoyable afternoon helping them prepare for Christmas. The monks have been […]

Gaudete Sunday

It’s the 3rd Sunday of Advent. “Rejoice” Sunday. And, there are many things about which we can rejoice. Christmas is coming quickly and tomorrow evening we will begin singing the O Antiphons at Vespers. The weather has been beautiful- sunny and in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s. And, best of all, we had five […]

Giving Tuesday

Conception Abbey and Seminary College has participated in the Giving Tuesday event for several years. Monks, seminarians, employees, friends and neighbors gather in St. Raphael Hall (the Welcome Center) to donate and wrap gifts, make blankets and stuffed animals, decorate ornaments, and write Christmas cards which will be sent to people in need this Christmas. […]

Thanksgiving Week

These past few days we have been having our “Monastery Visitation.” Each monastery has a visitation where three monks appointed by the Abbot President of the Congregation visit the house and speak individually with every member of the monastic community individually. It is a time for “self-evaluation” as a community, to recognize one’s strengths and […]

Monastic Recreation

This past weekend we had two monastic vocation candidates visiting. On Friday evening we had a game night and social. After visiting for a little while, we ended up playing Bang! The Dice Game. It is a hidden identity, bluffing, dice game where you try to eliminate other players based on your hidden character card. […]

More Fall Colors

These past few days have proven to be one of the most beautiful fall seasons that I can remember. The leaves are especially vibrant, and this weekend we have enjoyed temperatures in the mid-60’s. We had our share or cloudy and rainy days, but the trees are in all their glory and beauty. Nothing says […]

Rock climbing

On Saturday I went to an indoor rock climbing gym with three seminarians, all seniors at Conception Seminary College. I had been chaplain to these three seminarians during their freshman year in the seminary. It was a good time of team building and testing of physical and mental strength. Also, joining us was Dr. Zita […]