Happy Easter! Alleluia!

HAPPY EASTER! We have had a beautiful past few days celebrating the Sacred Triduum. We had many guests joining us this week for the celebrations. Holy Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Good Friday were very prayerful. Thursday and Friday the weather was very nice and spring-like. On Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday we […]

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 […]

3 Men Received as Postulants

This morning we welcomed three men into the monastery as postulants. They are Arturo Hernandez, Justin King, and Walter Pugh. It is a joyful occasion to receive these men as they begin their monastic journey. The small ceremony begins with the men knocking on the front door of the monastery desiring entrance. In Chapter 58 […]

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 […]

Happy Easter

Dear Friends, Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! Happy Easter to all of you! We had a beautiful celebration of the Easter Vigil, beginning in darkness at 4:30 a.m., but concluding in the light of a new day. May the Risen Christ fill your heart with joy and peace during this Easter season.

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 […]

The Week Ends, the Week Begins

We have had significantly cooler temperatures these past few days.  On Friday we had a high of only 54.  Saturday morning it was 36 degrees out, before warming up to 63. Fortunately the weekend was very sunny.  It made for excellent biking weather, and I spent every free moment on my bicycle, knowing that there […]

Funeral for Br. George

Today, the monks of Conception Abbey celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial for our confrere, Br. George. Brother George Strohmeyer, O.S.B., monk of Conception Abbey, died Monday, 25 August 2014. He was 92 years old and had been a monk for 36 years. He was born on 20 June 1922 near Benoit, Wisconsin, to Engelbert […]

Easter Sunday

Easter Greetings from Conception Abbey.  Christ is Risen, Alleluia!!! Our day began pretty early today.  I woke up at 3:40am and got ready in order to serve as MC at the 4:30am Vigil.  Gathering in the dark of night, we had excellent weather in order to have our Easter fire outdoors.  The procession ensued as […]

Going Westward for Youth Ministry

I flew to Denver on Thursday to help out with a Discipleship Youth Retreat for the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming. I was immediately taken with the scenery and the mountains, even though I had had enough snow for the winter. Cameron Smith, a friend from seminary, is the youth minister and he invited me to […]