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 […]

Abbot Gregory Elected Abbot Primate

Earlier today our spiritual father and abbot of Conception Abbey, Abbot Gregory, was elected as Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation. He was elected by the abbots from around the world to serve as the official liaison of the Benedictine Order to the Holy See. Abbot Gregory will serve as the official head of the […]

Living the Gospel

I completed a video featuring several aerial shots of the Abbey. You don’t get to see these angles all that often. Please share this video with any young men who you feel may have a monastic vocation or anyone who could benefit spiritually from a visit to our monastery.

On a Mission 

I have been substituting at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa for the past couple of weeks and will be here through the end of the week.  When the pastor, Fr. Aquinas Nichols, takes his summer vacation, usually one of our monks is asked to staff the parish.  In recent years Fr. […]

Monastic Humor

This past weekend we welcomed 3 men for our Monastic Experience Weekend.  It was great to have these guests especially as we celebrated the Feast of St. Benedict on Saturday.  Bishop Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo was the celebrant and homilist.  Please continue to pray for vocations. Fr. Macario and I worked on […]

Anniversaries and Announcements

Our confrere, Fr. Anthony, celebrates his 75th anniversary of monastic profession on this day.  He was born on August 21, 1921, professed in 1940, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1964. Congratulations, Fr. Anthony! In other news, it was announced recently that Fr. Brendan Moss of St. Meinrad Archabbey will serve as […]

More Ask a Monk Videos!

I finally finished editing and publishing these last two Ask a Monk videos of Fr. Victor and Br. Michael. This completes 15, I believe, videos total.  I hope you have found them entertaining and insight into our community and the many personalities.

National Vocation Awareness Week

We celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 2nd – 8th, an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. This […]

Adventures in Ministry

It is a great joy and blessing to be a monk and a priest.  I enjoy the benefits of common prayer, community life, and I am able to take pastoral assignments, particularly on the weekend.  Several weeks ago, I saw on the calendar that I would be assigned for three weekend Masses at St. Gregory Barbarigo parish in […]

Fall Monastic Experience Weekend

The monks of Conception Abbey are hosting a Monastic Experience weekend this fall.  Experience Benedictine monastic life at Conception Abbey from October 31st to November 2nd.  Men between the ages of 18-35, who are considering a vocation to religious life, are invited for a discernment retreat.  This weekend will be an excellent opportunity to draw closer to God […]