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 […]

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. […]

End of August

How did we get to the end of August? I flew the drone yesterday to capture some wonderful aerial pictures. Even though we had such a dry summer, recent rains have really greened up the campus. Below: The novices and juniors playing cards and being goofy one evening. Above: Marian statue and grotto near the […]

Oklahoma Visit

I was asked to attend the diaconate ordination of one of our alumni, James Porter III, who is a seminarian for the Diocese of Tulsa, my home diocese. It was going to be a quick trip to Oklahoma, departing last Friday morning and returning Saturday evening, but I was looking forward to seeing my friends […]

Notre Dame Trip

Last Friday I traveled to South Bend, Indiana to the campus of the University of Notre Dame. I spent the weekend attending the graduation festivities of Gregory, one of the three men who is planning on entering this monastery this July. Though the weather was not the greatest (it was overcast and rained part of […]

Signs of Spring

These late days of April are beginning to feel more like spring. The magnolias are beginning to bloom, or what survived of them. The seminarians have only a couple weeks of school left before Graduation weekend, May 12-13. On Wednesday I visited with a couple of different youth groups. The first included the 6th, 7th, […]

Monastic Experience Weekend

We had seven men here for the Monastic Experience this past weekend. Our guests arrived Friday evening in time for Vespers and stayed through Sunday lunch. They lived the monastic schedule, prayed with the monks and ate with the monks. For several of the men, it was their first visit to Conception Abbey. These men […]

Infirmary Chapel Art

The Infirmary Chapel is getting really close to completion. More of the artistic elements have been finished and I think they look great. Br. Michael has worked hard on the design, but it’s been a group effort. There has been some excellent painting and detail work by Melissa, one of our employees. Enjoy! Below: The […]

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross were installed in the Basilica on Thursday. They are the original Stations, but were in need of restoration and touch ups. After they were placed on the wall, I can honestly say that they were worth the wait. They are very beautiful! See for yourself… On Friday afternoon the seminarians, […]