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 […]

End of August

How did we get to the end of August? I flew the drone yesterday to capture some wonderful aerial pictures. Even though we had such a dry summer, recent rains have really greened up the campus. Below: The novices and juniors playing cards and being goofy one evening. Above: Marian statue and grotto near the […]

Monastic Experience Weekend

We had seven men here for the Monastic Experience this past weekend. Our guests arrived Friday evening in time for Vespers and stayed through Sunday lunch. They lived the monastic schedule, prayed with the monks and ate with the monks. For several of the men, it was their first visit to Conception Abbey. These men […]

Infirmary Chapel Art

The Infirmary Chapel is getting really close to completion. More of the artistic elements have been finished and I think they look great. Br. Michael has worked hard on the design, but it’s been a group effort. There has been some excellent painting and detail work by Melissa, one of our employees. Enjoy! Below: The […]

Entrance to Novitiate

On Monday, August 14, the novice master Fr. Xavier Nacke, O.S.B., led the three postulants from the entrance of the Abbey Basilica to the altar where they were met with this question: “What is your request?” Standing before Abbot Benedict Neenan, OSB, and in the presence of the entire monastic community, the three postulants responded […]

Seminary Graduation

On May 13, thirty-one seminarians completed studies at Conception Seminary College, one of the largest classes in recent history. We wish them the best of luck and continued prayers as the discern God’s will for their lives.

Blessing of New Crucifix

The new crucifix which was hand carved specifically for the monastery dining room was mounted on Tuesday. The monastic community gathered for the blessing of this crucifix before supper. Abbot Gregory blessed the crucifix which all of the monks will look upon whenever we gather in the dining room. It is situated between a mural of Martha […]

Open Hearts, Open Doors

These past few days have been filled with God’s many blessings. On August 14, Novice Adam Haake, a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, who has discerned a call to monastic life at Conception Abbey, is testing that call in the novitiate.  During this one year period of discernment, he will pray and […]

Ask a Monk Videos: Part 3

Back by popular demand, we filmed some more Ask a Monk videos with all new questions! If you missed the first two installments, please be sure to check out the blog postings:   Part 1 and Part 2  

The Year of Consecrated Life

It was a beautiful weekend at the Abbey as we move into the Advent Season, a season characterized by waiting for the coming of Christ.  There is also great excitement at the Abbey as we inaugurate the Year of Consecrated Life.  Pope Francis has called this year as a time for a renewal and recognizing […]