Seminary May Day

Friday, May 10th was Conception Seminary’s annual “May Day” events. It is like one big day-long sports game. This year’s competition of the blue team vs. the white team involved soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, tug of war, and more. Among the numerous individual events, there was a dunk competition (on a […]

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 […]

Conception Abbey Elects New Abbot

This afternoon the monks of Conception Abbey gathered together to elect their 10th Abbot. In September, Abbot Gregory was elected as Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation. During the past months we have been praying and preparing for the election of a new Abbot. This afternoon the community elected Fr. Benedict Neenan as Abbot of […]

Partnering for Future Priests

Yesterday was the 8th annual Partnering for Future Priests (PFP) event in St. Joseph, Missouri. The event was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish. This year’s proceeds go toward the renovation of the seminary student union space in St. Maur Hall. Entertainment included the seminary Mariachi band.

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 […]

Bring the Noise

Saturday, Oct. 18– The long awaited Seminary Soccer-Volleyball Tournament is just around the corner.  The seminarians are getting excited about it all.  The six team round robin volleyball tournament begins at 7:00PM and will have teams from St. Joseph’s College Seminary (Chicago, IL), St. Meinrad (St. Meinrad, IN), St. Gregory the Great Seminary (Seward, NE), […]

Tri-C Celebration

Conception Abbey hosted the Tri-C Celebration (the communities of Conception, Conception Junction, and Clyde).  It started with the annual Lollipop Parade at 12:30pm, traveling from the St. John Paul II Recreation Center to the Basilica Parking Lot. The “100 year after” Community picture was taken in front of the Abbey Basilica at 1:00pm.  The 1914 […]

First Day of Classes

After several days of seminary student orientation, the first day of classes has arrived.

Beat the Heat

It was a sweltering 90 degrees at the Abbey today.  Of course we have seen warmer, and during most summers, we would regard 90 as nothing special, but it has been a cooler summer, so it feels downright hot and humid today. Thunderstorms caused some havoc in the area, mainly with the electricity toward the end […]