Fr. Aquinas Professes Solemn Vows

Today, in the presence of his family, friends, seminarians, and his monastic confreres, Fr. Aquinas professed solemn vows as a monk of Conception Abbey.  In the ceremony, Fr. Aquinas made a perpetual commitment to live as a monk of our monastery, vowing obedience, stability, and conversion of life.  As you can imagine, this is an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oklahoma Visit

I was asked to attend the diaconate ordination of one of our alumni, James Porter III, who is a seminarian for the Diocese of Tulsa, my home diocese. It was going to be a quick trip to Oklahoma, departing last Friday morning and returning Saturday evening, but I was looking forward to seeing my friends […]

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 […]

Called to Monastic Life

I finished editing some more video. This brief video features Abbot Benedict Neenan sharing his vocation story and call to monastic life.

Receiving a New Postulant

This morning we received our fourth postulant for the summer- praise God! Nicholas hails from Jacksonville, Florida and has come such a long distance to seek God at Conception Abbey. The community is excited to welcome him as he begins his journey in monastic life. Please keep Nicholas, and our other men in formation, in […]

Discerning your Vocation

Many young people feel the call to religious life, but many things hold them back. Some do not know the best way to discern their vocation. Abbot Benedict offers this practical advice for those who might find themselves in this situation. Obviously, prayer is the first and primary factor when it comes to discernment, but […]

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.