Three New Postulants

Happy Feast of St. Benedict! This wonderful feast day is a particularly joyous occasion today as we receive three new members into the monastery. Cole (from Beloit, KS), Casey (from O’Neill, NE), and Gregory (San Luis Obispo, CA) entered the monastery this morning as postulants. Please keep these men in your prayers as they begin […]

Monastic Experience Weekend

We had seven men here for the Monastic Experience this past weekend. Our guests arrived Friday evening in time for Vespers and stayed through Sunday lunch. They lived the monastic schedule, prayed with the monks and ate with the monks. For several of the men, it was their first visit to Conception Abbey. These men […]

Feast of St. Benedict

Today is the Feast of St. Benedict. However, our monastery observes it as a “Feast,” but give greater solemnity to the Transitus (passing) of St. Benedict, which is celebrated on March 21. Nevertheless, we call upon St. Benedict’s intercession:  Stir up in your Church, O Lord, the spirit that animated our Father Saint Benedict, that […]

Meet Fr. Pachomius

Date of profession (simple vows): August 15, 2002 Ordination Date: May 21, 2009 Place of Birth: St. Mary’s Hospital, Quincy, IL High School: St. Thomas Aquinas High School Seminary College & Degree: Conception Seminary College:  BA, Liberal Arts Post-graduate work/Theology: Mount Angel Seminary – MDiv, MA, STB Current monastic assignments: seminary formation director, seminary Apostolics […]

Meet Fr. Victor

Date of profession (simple vows): August 15, 2005 Ordination Date: May 16, 2013 Place of Birth: Kinsley, KS High School: Kinsley HS, Arkansas City HS (Arkansas City, KS) College & Degree: Conception Seminary College – liberal arts Post-graduate work/Theology: Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) – M.A. Biblical Studies; St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology […]

Monastic Experience

While we are still a couple of months away, I wanted to promote our Monastic Experience weekend.  We invite men, between the ages of 18 and 35, who are considering a religious vocation to spend a weekend with the monks of Conception Abbey.  It will be an opportunity to discern one’s vocation in an obligation […]

From the Archivist’s Files

This posting was submitted by Br. Bernard Montgomery, O.S.B., a monk of Conception Abbey.  Br. Bernard has several monastic job assignments, but he contributes this entry in his role as Abbey Archivist. I became archivist of the Abbey in November of 2009.  I am responsible for the day to day oversight and work of collecting […]

New Year’s Day

The monks’ Christmas celebrations continued as we opened the New Year with the Universal Church by honoring the feast of Mary, Mother of God. New Year’s Eve in the monastery was fairly quiet, and I doubt that any of the monks stayed up until midnight to welcome in the New Year. The Prior, Fr. Daniel, […]

O Antiphons

The monks gather in the Basilica five times a day to pray for the Church and the world.  During this season of Advent, we have been preparing ourselves for Christ’s Coming at Christmas.  As Christmas approaches, the monks take part in the Church’s long tradition of the “O Antiphons.”  The O Antiphons are ancient liturgical […]

What’s for dinner?

Many people are surprised when they find out that the monks eat almost all of their meals in silence.  Okay, maybe they are just surprised to hear that I do not talk during meals.  My experience has been that even when you are not talking with the people around you at meals, there is still […]