Entrance to Novitiate

On Monday, August 14, the novice master Fr. Xavier Nacke, O.S.B., led the three postulants from the entrance of the Abbey Basilica to the altar where they were met with this question: “What is your request?” Standing before Abbot Benedict Neenan, OSB, and in the presence of the entire monastic community, the three postulants responded […]

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 […]

Open Hearts, Open Doors

These past few days have been filled with God’s many blessings. On August 14, Novice Adam Haake, a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, who has discerned a call to monastic life at Conception Abbey, is testing that call in the novitiate.  During this one year period of discernment, he will pray and […]

Joyful News

It was a dreary and rainy day, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.  For the monks of Conception Abbey, it was a joyful day.  Not only were we able to celebrate the Annunciation of the Lord, but this morning we also received a new member to our monastic community. Luke Downing (Wichita, Kansas) was received […]

Camino Presentation

My 200th Blog Post! Yesterday evening, Novice Joseph gave a presentation on his experience hiking the Way of St. James Pilgrimage across Spain (Camino de Santiago), which he walked with his brother in the fall of 2012.  He provided a slideshow, shared his stories, offered spiritual insights, and answer our questions about the Camino. It was an […]