Vocation Work

This past weekend I traveled to Oklahoma to do promote monastic vocations at the Catholic Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University. My classmate, Fr. Kerry Wakulich, is pastor at St. John’s Catholic Student Center and he is always welcoming to the monks of Conception Abbey. What do you do when you travel to […]

Bible Study

On Wednesday evenings after ministry at the Newman Center at Northwest Missouri State University, I lead a Bible Study for ten college age men and women. The group is comprised of kids all who have graduated from Jefferson High School (Conception Junction, MO) in the past few years. Jefferson High School is less than 2 […]

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 […]

Anniversary of Basilica Dedication

May 10, 1891 was the Dedication of the Abbey Basilica. Every year we celebrate its anniversary, and now we are up to 126 years. For Conception Abbey it is observed as a Solemnity. We are grateful for being able to worship in such a beautiful church. Yesterday evening we celebrated First Vespers of the Solemnity […]

March for Life

I met up in Washington, D.C. with a group of eight Conception Seminary College seminarians who traveled the distance for the March for Life. I flew and they opted for the road trip experience. When I arrived Thursday morning, I headed to St. Anselm’s Abbey where we would be staying the evening. The English Benedictine […]

Alumni Reunion Weekend

Mass for the Alumni Reunion was on Friday late afternoon and the principal celebrant was Abbot Gregory. This would be the last Mass he would celebrate in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception before he departed for Rome. The prayers and readings focused on the theme of mercy as Abbot Gregory (below) delivers his homily. […]

Seminary Graduation

This past weekend we celebrated with the graduates of Conception Seminary College who completed their bachelors of arts in philosophy and eagerly await the next step in their lives. The Conferral of Degrees was Saturday afternoon followed by a reception. The seminarians departed to their respective dioceses for the summer shortly after Mass on Sunday. The dynamic […]


These days of the Sacred Triduum at Conception are very beautiful and a powerful experience. It is good to have many guests with us for the liturgical celebrations. Yesterday we celebrated Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Abbot Gregory presided at the Eucharist and participated in the Washing of Feet. Below: Seminarian Dave […]

Board of Regents

Our Board of Regents is meeting this weekend. The meetings began Friday afternoon and continue today. The Board helps Conception Seminary College with strategic planning and offering various kinds of insight and direction. Yesterday afternoon the monastic and seminary community gathered for Mass and the principal celebrant and homilist was Archbishop George Lucas of the […]