Bible Study Retreat

On Sunday afternoon I invited several of the college students from my Wednesday Bible Study to come to the Abbey for a few hours for fellowship and some time to pray at the end of an academic year. The group all graduated from the local high school in Conception Junction within the past 4 years […]

December Update

There are many things going on during these first couple of weeks of December. On December 8th we celebrated our Patronal Feast Day: Immaculate Conception. The mural of the Immaculate Conception is very prominent in our Abbey Basilica. Seminarians and guests joined us for Vespers I of the feast (pictures below). On December 12 we […]

Evening Prayer with the Monks

What is it like to pray with the monks? I recently completed a video of Vespers, our evening Office of Thanksgiving. As a major hour of the Divine Office, the monks line up in order of seniority in the monastery glass hallway. The Abbot, Prior, and Subprior are at the head of the line, followed by those […]

Celebrating with our Neighbors

Every year for the Feast of St. Scholastica, the sisters (our Benedictine neighbors) invite the monks to join them for Vespers and supper. The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are just 2 miles down the road and we have a great relationship and a long history. The Feast of St. Scholastica was transferred one day […]

It’s Beginning to Feel a lot like Christmas

The monks began the “O Antiphons” yesterday evening at Vespers. The O Antiphons are ancient liturgical texts used at Evening Prayer of the last seven days of Advent. Each of them is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom) December 18: O Adonai (O Lord) December […]

Reflections of Light

It is that time of the year again.  Yes, when the late afternoon comes streaming through the rose window and makes a beautiful reflection in the center of the Basilica.  On our way out of Evening Prayer, I noticed the reflection slowly creeping across the pews and moving toward the center.  So, I grabbed my camera and […]

The Benedictine Sisters Come to the Abbey for a Visit

As part of an annual tradition, the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration came to join the monks for evening prayer and supper on Easter Monday.  It is always good to visit with the Sisters, who live only a couple miles down the road.  They have us over at their monastery on the feast of St. […]

O Antiphons

The monks gather in the Basilica five times a day to pray for the Church and the world.  During this season of Advent, we have been preparing ourselves for Christ’s Coming at Christmas.  As Christmas approaches, the monks take part in the Church’s long tradition of the “O Antiphons.”  The O Antiphons are ancient liturgical […]