Reception for Abbot Gregory

On Wednesday evening the monks had a reception and banquet in honor of Abbot Gregory. It was a time to gather as a monastic community as say “thank you” to Abbot Gregory for almost 20 years of service as abbot, as he soon departs for Rome, Italy to begin serving as Abbot Primate. Above: Fr. Roger […]

Celebrating Culture

This afternoon monks and seminarians celebrated with the CMC Community, our Vietnamese brothers who are on campus studying at Conception Seminary. Tet or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. We recognized the Vietnamese New Year by a presentation and plenty of good food. Above: Fr. Pat and Fr. Samuel enjoy the festivities. Below: […]

Tri-C Celebration

We welcomed another monastery vocation guest who was here for the weekend visiting our community.  He and Archbishop Jerome were discussing gardens, so we took a tour of the gardens Sunday morning. Above:  Our vocation guest and Archbishop Jerome checking out the cherry tomatoes. Below:  Br. Justin picking Habanero peppers to make some salsa. We had […]

Rector’s Reception

Yesterday afternoon seminarians, monks, and faculty gathered to honor and recognize Fr. Samuel’s many years of service at Conception Seminary College.  At the end of the semester, Fr. Samuel will finish his term as President-Rector, a role he began in 2007.  His years of work in priestly formation, however, began more than 30 years ago as he […]

TET Celebration

As the sign indicates below, “TET” is the Vietnamese New Year.  We had a fun celebration on Wednesday afternoon.  The celebration kicked off with a bunch of loud fireworks that were strung up in front of St. Maur Hall.  Afterwards, everyone enjoyed some delicious Vietnamese food.  There was plenty to go around!  This event was […]

In the Christmas Octave

The past few days have been filled with many great blessings and activities.  First of all, let me wish you:  MERRY CHRISTMAS Christmas is always a wonderful time of the year at the Abbey, and we continue to celebrate during this Christmas Octave.  Many familiar guests grace us with their presence during these holy days, […]

Decorating for Christmas

The monks began decorating the monastery and dining room yesterday.  Some of the monks spent the morning and afternoon decorating such spaces as the dining room, the community room, St. Raphael Hall, and they began assembling the crib in the Basilica. Monday evening the monks had a special social hour where they placed ornaments on […]

Rejoice and Give Thanks

The past few days have been filled with many activities:  Community meetings, celebrations, and a festive meal.  The monks of Conception Abbey have many things for which we are thankful. Below:  Abbot Gregory leads the community in a series of meetings and discussions. Below:  Fr. Macario keeps his head warm with an interesting looking hat […]

Blog: 1 Year Anniversary

The blog started on this day in 2013. And, here we are, one year later. These days are ideal for a blog about the monastery and monastic life, because there are certainly plenty of activities going on.  The seminarians leave for Thanksgiving vacation after their last morning class.  I’m certain they are excited to get […]