Lent Begins

Abbot Benedict presided at Mass for Ash Wednesday. At Mass we prayed in the Opening Prayer: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Each year, in preparation for Lent, each […]

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 […]

Lent Begins

The monastic and seminary community gathered today in the Basilica to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass. The formula used for imposition of ashes: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Abbot Gregory presided and preached at today’s liturgy and Fr. Brendan Moss, Rector of Conception Seminary, helped distribute ashes. St. Benedict encourages his monks to live a […]

Ash Wednesday and Monastic Lenten Practices

Abbot Gregory presides over Ash Wednesday Mass and the distribution of ashes. As ashes were distributed, each person was marked with the sign of the cross and heard the formula:  “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” There are several different practices that the monks observe for the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday is a Day of Recollection […]

Post-Camp Recovery Mode

I had been running around with the high school staff members since Thursday morning when they arrived. There were 20 of them this year, a great turnout of young men who came ready to serve and help out wherever needed. I dread the planning work that goes into putting together a weekend youth camp. But, […]

Mardi Gras into Ash Wednesday

Tuesday evening, Mardi Gras, the monks had their usual evening haustus with appetizers, beverages, and some extra treats.  It was an enjoyable festive meal before we begin Lent and take on special observances and penances.  After haustus, the card players were at their usual table enjoy some fraternity and a competitive game of Bridge. Below: […]