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 […]

Seminary Graduation 2019

Saturday we celebrated graduation and today we said our farewell to those graduating seniors and students receiving the pre-theology certificate. It is always a bitter-sweet time at Conception Seminary. These men have spent much time among us praying, studying, and maturing. Now they prepare for their next step in life. Conception Seminary College Commencement & […]

Seminary May Day

Friday, May 10th was Conception Seminary’s annual “May Day” events. It is like one big day-long sports game. This year’s competition of the blue team vs. the white team involved soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball, softball, flag football, tug of war, and more. Among the numerous individual events, there was a dunk competition (on a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rock climbing

On Saturday I went to an indoor rock climbing gym with three seminarians, all seniors at Conception Seminary College. I had been chaplain to these three seminarians during their freshman year in the seminary. It was a good time of team building and testing of physical and mental strength. Also, joining us was Dr. Zita […]

Thunder Cup Weekend

This past weekend, October 13-14, six other seminaries traveled to Conception, Missouri to compete in our annual Thunder Cup Tournament. The weekend features a soccer tournament and a volleyball round robin tournament. The soccer fields were pretty soggy from several days of rain that fell before the weekend. The main soccer field was torn up […]

Vocation Work

This past weekend I traveled to Oklahoma to do promote monastic vocations at the Catholic Center on the campus of Oklahoma State University. My classmate, Fr. Kerry Wakulich, is pastor at St. John’s Catholic Student Center and he is always welcoming to the monks of Conception Abbey. What do you do when you travel to […]