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. […]

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 […]

First Snow of 2019

It started snowing yesterday evening and by morning there were several inches of snow. While it may not be the best if you are trying to get somewhere today, the snow looked absolutely beautiful as it clung to the trees. Enjoy these pictures!

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 […]

Gaudete Sunday

It’s the 3rd Sunday of Advent. “Rejoice” Sunday. And, there are many things about which we can rejoice. Christmas is coming quickly and tomorrow evening we will begin singing the O Antiphons at Vespers. The weather has been beautiful- sunny and in the upper 40’s and lower 50’s. And, best of all, we had five […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving Week

These past few days we have been having our “Monastery Visitation.” Each monastery has a visitation where three monks appointed by the Abbot President of the Congregation visit the house and speak individually with every member of the monastic community individually. It is a time for “self-evaluation” as a community, to recognize one’s strengths and […]