Monk Life: Photos from around the monastery

These beautiful days in June are some of the best to enjoy within the context of community life- life with others. I have appreciated the nice weather and the extended daylight. After supper each evening, the monks gather outside for recreation. I captured some pictures of scenes around the monastery, including real-life monks in their […]

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen, Alleluia! Easter blessings to you from the Monks of Conception Abbey. We celebrated our Easter Vigil this morning beginning at 4:30 AM. Monks, seminarians, and guests gathered for the powerful celebration of Christ’s victory. Please be assured of our prayers. Tomorrow evening we will welcome our sisters from Clyde for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Laetare Sunday

Rejoice in the Lord! It is the Fourth Sunday of Lent, and Easter is three short weeks away. I was asked to record the reflection for this Sunday’s readings. I have included the video below. You can find all of the daily Lenten reflections here: https://lent.conceptionabbey.org/   In other news the Seminary had its bi-annual Board […]

Lent Begins

Yesterday we celebrated Ash Wednesday. We begin our 40 day journey of uniting ourselves to the mystery of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. It’s a time to purify ourselves through practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Conception Abbey is offering daily Lenten reflections for the entire season of Lent. Different monks were asked to write […]

Christmas Preparations

There are many activities in these final days of Advent as we prepare for Christmas. The  monks began decorating the monastery, with the church decorations to follow on Sunday afternoon. Below: Construction on the monastery’s water tower is coming along nice. The new water tower on the southeast side of campus will allow the monks […]

Called to Monastic Life

I finished editing some more video. This brief video features Abbot Benedict Neenan sharing his vocation story and call to monastic life.