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 […]

Celebrating our Jubilarians

Every Thanksgiving we honor our monks who are celebrating special anniversaries. This year our confrere Fr. Rene Guesnier celebrates 60 years of monastic profession. Fr. Daniel Petsche celebrates 50 years ordained a priest. Fr. René professed vows on September 3, 1957, and was ordained by Bishop John P. Cody on September 21, 1961. His life […]

Meeting of the Abbots

This summer we seem to be having more individual guests and guest groups than in past summers.  These past few days the 32 members of the Swiss American General Chapter arrived for meetings which began Thursday evening and ended with a banquet after Vespers on Sunday evening.  Many monks were involved in coordinating the events […]

SEEK2017 

On Monday evening, January 2nd, Br. Etienne and I traveled with 45 students from Northwest Missouri State University to attend SEEK 2017, the Catholic college student conference put on by FOCUS. Monday evening we departed Maryville, Missouri at 9:30 PM en route to San Antonio, Texas. I’m not one for long bus rides, but the […]

Seminary Graduation

This past weekend we celebrated with the graduates of Conception Seminary College who completed their bachelors of arts in philosophy and eagerly await the next step in their lives. The Conferral of Degrees was Saturday afternoon followed by a reception. The seminarians departed to their respective dioceses for the summer shortly after Mass on Sunday. The dynamic […]

Living the Gospel

I completed a video featuring several aerial shots of the Abbey. You don’t get to see these angles all that often. Please share this video with any young men who you feel may have a monastic vocation or anyone who could benefit spiritually from a visit to our monastery.

Seminary Fundraiser

Friday evening was our 7th Annual Partnering for Future Priests (PFP) seminary dinner/auction fundraiser.  The dinner was held in St. Joseph in the parish hall at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.  More than 200 friends and benefactors joined the monks of Conception Abbey, priests of the diocese, and the seminarians of Conception Seminary College.  The […]

KC Golf & Dinner

The days continue to be very busy with many good activities.  Yesterday was the annual Priests and Seminarians Appreciation Dinner and Golf outing.  The proceeds from the event benefit Conception Seminary College.  It is a day to say “thank you” to the priests who serve in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the […]

Donor Thank You

On Sunday we invited our donors and benefactors to join us for Mass, a banquet, and an open house and tour of the newly renovated monastery. Many local friends from around the Abbey were also invited to take a look at our new house.  The Basilica was completely filled with guests as we extended our […]

A New School Year with New Leadership

We officially welcomed Fr. Brendan Moss, O.S.B. (St. Meinrad Archabbey) and Fr. Pat York (Diocese of Wichita) to the Conception Seminary community.  Fr. Brendan was installed as President-Rector in a very beautiful and joyful ceremony on Sunday.  He was joined by family, friends, monastic confreres of St. Meinrad, and the Conception community.  Fr. Pat takes […]