Monk Life: Photos from around the monastery

These beautiful days in June are some of the best to enjoy within the context of community life- life with others. I have appreciated the nice weather and the extended daylight. After supper each evening, the monks gather outside for recreation. I captured some pictures of scenes around the monastery, including real-life monks in their […]

Family Retreat

The Abbey Guest Center hosted its 10th annual Family Retreat. We had several families here with many children running around campus with excitement. “Pentecost” was the theme for this year’s retreat. I helped out by giving a couple of talks, focusing on the fruits of the Holy Spirit. I also helped organize the scavenger hunt […]

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 & […]

Abbey Trails 2019

We had our annual 5K Run/2-mile walk on Saturday morning, May 4th. This year we had beautiful weather and a wonderful turnout. There were 81 runners in the 5K race and 120 walkers. Participants enjoyed brunch and the health fair after the race in St. Michael’s Gymnasium. Seminarian John Paul Hartnedy (Diocese of Little Rock) […]

Solemnity of the Passing of St. Benedict

Happy Solemnity of the¬†Transitus of St. Benedict! We celebrate this special feast day for Benedictines, honoring the Abbot St. Benedict for his life and witness. Today Conception Seminary College is celebrating its annual Pastor’s Day, where the seminarians’ pastors were invited to visit. These past few weeks of Lent have gone by quickly. Spring officially […]

Lent Begins

Abbot Benedict presided at Mass for Ash Wednesday. At Mass we prayed in the Opening Prayer:¬†Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Each year, in preparation for Lent, each […]

February Activities

It has been an activity filled past couple of weeks. In addition to the work and ministry, we continue to get more snow. It has been a particularly snowy winter this year both in quantity of snow and frequency. Just last night we got another 2 inches of snow as evidence by my picture below. […]

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 […]