Activities from the Past Month

The summer has been wonderful, but it is going by quickly. From June 10-July 3 I was in Omaha taking classes at Creighton. It required full days of being in class and studying. I was in class between 4-6 hours a day and had about 3-4 hours of homework each day. I am working on […]

Monk Life: Photos from around the monastery

These beautiful days in June are some of the best to enjoy within the context of community life- life with others. I have appreciated the nice weather and the extended daylight. After supper each evening, the monks gather outside for recreation. I captured some pictures of scenes around the monastery, including real-life monks in their […]

Summer Break

The week after Seminary Graduation was our monastery retreat week. The monastic community was on retreat from Monday, May 13 until Friday, May 17. It was a transition period from our academic year into our non-academic year. It’s a time when the students are back in their respective dioceses and the monks focus on other work. […]

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter! Christ is Risen, Alleluia! Easter blessings to you from the Monks of Conception Abbey. We celebrated our Easter Vigil this morning beginning at 4:30 AM. Monks, seminarians, and guests gathered for the powerful celebration of Christ’s victory. Please be assured of our prayers. Tomorrow evening we will welcome our sisters from Clyde for […]

March Scenery

We had some warmer weather this week. This inspired me to get out on the bicycle a couple of times with Fr. Etienne. It also encouraged me to pick up my camera and go for a walk. There are signs of spring- not so much in flowers and leaves, but in a sense of new […]

SEEK 2019

Fr. Etienne, Br. Placid, and I spent the past 5 days at the SEEK 2019 Conference, which is sponsored by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). This year we got a booth to promote vocations to Conception Abbey. On January 2, we loaded up the car and headed to Indianapolis to arrive a day early […]

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 […]

Giving Tuesday

Conception Abbey and Seminary College has participated in the Giving Tuesday event for several years. Monks, seminarians, employees, friends and neighbors gather in St. Raphael Hall (the Welcome Center) to donate and wrap gifts, make blankets and stuffed animals, decorate ornaments, and write Christmas cards which will be sent to people in need this Christmas. […]

Snow after Thanksgiving

We had several inches of snow predicted for Sunday morning, but you never know what to expect. Saturday the temperature was in the 50’s and Saturday evening we had a beautiful sunset (pictured below).  The snow began falling sometime after breakfast and by the afternoon we had between 6-8 inches of snow. There could have […]