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  • The Archbishop’s Garden

    By the Work of Their Hands A Feature on Archbishop Jerome Hanus, OSB A first-time guest to the Abbey came upon one of the monastery grounds workers with an old baseball cap, wearing a pair of dirty blue jeans and a saturated gray T-shirt. “Excuse...

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  • Living Easter Joy

    We all have that one friend that cannot keep a surprise party a secret. We can think of someone who prematurely yells out “Surprise!” several seconds too soon, before an unsuspecting birthday guest is able to turn on the light switch and reveal a...

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  • Pray Like a Monk

    Not everyone is called to monastic life, so hopefully you can now take a deep sigh of relief. However, everyone is called to focus on the same goal for which the monks of Conception Abbey strive, namely, eternal life in heaven. This summer I was able...

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  • Conception Abbey welcomes novices into monastic community

    [caption id="attachment_6885" align="alignright" width="401"] Abbot Benedict Neenan, OSB, stands with (left to right) Novice Gregory Conti, Novice Cole Johnson, and Novice Casey Vandersnick, following their entrance into the novitiate.[/caption] CONCEPTION,...

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  • Devotional Prayer and Liturgical Prayer

    How devotional prayer and liturgical prayer work together in our spiritual lives  One of our oblates, who is also an Evangelical Christian, described to me his first experience of praying with the monks at Conception Abbey. It was at Evening Prayer,...

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  • Three men enter novitiate at Conception Abbey

    On Monday, August 14, 2017, the novice master Fr. Xavier Nacke, OSB, 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,...

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  • One Bread, One Cup comes to Conception

    Fr. Paul reflects on the first One Bread, One Cup high school liturgical leadership conference at Conception Abbey and Seminary College Each summer, St. Meinrad hosts several “One Bread, One Cup” gatherings. At these five-day liturgical leadership...

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  • 5 Common Fears with Discerning your Vocation

    In his inaugural homily, Saint John Paul II said, “Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power.” His words echo the refrain heard from Jesus throughout the Gospel Resurrection accounts where his disciples are often...

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  • What Is Monastic Life For A Catholic Monk?

    What does monastic life for Catholic monks look like?  Using Chapter 48 of his Rule as a guide, St. Benedict outlines the daily schedule of prayer and work for his monks. The monastic horarium, or schedule, is the heartbeat of the monastic community....

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  • Learning About Religious Vocational Discernment

    It is very easy to be stressed during the process of religious vocational discernment. High school and college students find it especially tough. Some Catholics can take years figuring out what they feel God's will is for them. Breaking down what religious...

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