Brothers Living in Unity campaign has less than $1 million to goal
CONCEPTION, Mo. (August 11, 2022) – The leadership at Conception Abbey and Seminary College are happy to share another milestone in the Brothers Living in Unity campaign. They have passed the halfway mark of their $2.5-million signature-phase goal (part of an overall $17-million campaign goal) and are down to the final $900,000 left to raise.
“We launched our signature phase nine months ago to help us complete our campaign,” said Very Rev. Victor Schinstock, OSB, president-rector of Conception Seminary College. “Thanks to the generous prayers and support we have received from our friends and donors, we are in the home stretch of this project.”
Conception’s Brothers Living in Unity campaign began in Spring 2019 with one overarching purpose—to help the entire community live in greater unity with one another in faith. This endeavor was launched to (1) construct a new seminary residence hall, strengthening Conception’s formation program, and (2) build up the Monastic Retirement Endowment, to care for the needs of the retired monks who have devoted their lives in service to the Lord.
Good Shepherd Hall has been designed to bring seminarians together under one roof in a residence that provides for their physical and spiritual needs. This includes a new chapel furnished by the priests of Conception’s home Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and a statue of Christ the Good Shepherd to inspire these future priests in shepherding the Lord’s flock.
Conception is finalizing the details of Good Shepherd Hall and preparing for seminarians to move into the new building this fall. The construction of Good Shepherd Hall has had its share of challenges—from increases in material costs, construction labor shortages, and supply chain issues, to rainy spring and summer seasons.
“As we prepare to move into this new building, we recognize the care and support that have made it possible,” Schinstock said. “This shows us the faith alive in the Church. God has been at work in every detail of this project, which will yield an abundant harvest. His grace indeed surrounds us.”
The $900,000 left to raise will help to cover the remaining costs needed to complete the student dormitory, specifically the generator, retaining wall, stained glass windows in the chapel, and a few other details.
“We thank God for the many blessings we have received and ask for your continued prayers and support as we move towards the completion of this campaign,” Schinstock said.
More information is available on our campaign website found at campaign.conceptionabbey.org.