Daily Life

Conception receives $1 million challenge grant in Brothers Living in Unity campaign

CONCEPTION, Mo. (February 3, 2020) — To aid Conception in its final push to raise funds for the construction of the new seminary residence hall component of the Brothers Living in Unity campaign, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation has awarded Conception Abbey and Seminary College with a $1 million challenge grant.   The challenge…

Abbot Primate Polan receives McManus Award

This news release was originally written by the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. The McManus Award is the highest honor bestowed by the nations’ liturgists and it recognizes significant contributions to furthering the liturgical renewal in the United States. This year, it was, appropriately, presented to Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, OSB — acknowledging his more…

Conception receives $2 million gift toward campaign

CONCEPTION, Mo. (December 4, 2019) — Conception Abbey and Seminary College have received a $2 million gift toward the Monastic Retirement Endowment component of the Brothers Living in Unity campaign. St. Benedict’s Priory in Benet Lake, Wisconsin, has committed the $2 million gift as a symbol of their reunification with Conception, which took place in…

Abbot Andrew Garber, OSB, enters eternal rest

In the early afternoon of Tuesday, 12 November 2019, our beloved confrere,   Abbot Andrew Garber, OSB,   passed into eternal rest. Abbot Andrew was a Jubilarian of both profession and ordination. He had resided in St. Stephen’s Infirmary at Conception Abbey since his arrival here in 2016 from St. Benedict’s Abbey at Benet Lake…

Conception Seminary College to host annual comedic fall play

Conception Seminary College will present their annual fall theater production, entitled Greater Tuna, by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. The play is a looney, hilarious comedy send-up of small-town morals and mores.  What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye, and Rev. Spikes have in common?  They are all…

Abbey Guest Center announces 2019-2020 retreat schedule

The Abbey Guest Center is excited to announce our 2019-2020 full retreat schedule! We invite you to join us for one of our many retreats lined up through November of next year. This year’s retreat offerings are listed below, but you can check our full 2019-2020 retreat brochure at this link.  To learn more or…

Library to host annual book sale

CONCEPTION, Mo. — The Library staff at Conception Abbey and Seminary College has scheduled their annual book sale for Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6. This event supports the library’s mission to provide the highest quality resources for the education of our future priests. The proceeds of this year’s book sale will go toward…

Br. Luke, Br. Matthew, OSB, profess solemn vows

CONCEPTION, Mo. – On Saturday, September 7, 2019, Br. Luke Kral, OSB, and Br. Matthew Marie, professed solemn vows as monks of Conception Abbey in the presence of their family, friends, seminarians, and monastic confreres.    In the ceremony, Br. Luke and Br. Matthew made perpetual commitments to live as monks of Conception’s monastery, vowing…

Young monks profess simple vows at Conception Abbey

CONCEPTION, Mo. — On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thursday, August 15, 2019, two young men professed simple vows as monks of Conception Abbey in the presence of their family, friends, seminarians, and monastic confreres. For a religious community, receiving a new member is a sign of joy and vitality…

Conception Abbey releases past allegations list

Abbey joins dioceses in response to Church crisis CONCEPTION, Mo. (August 5, 2019) — Concern for transparency and accountability has prompted many dioceses and religious orders to publish information about members within their groups who have had allegations of sexual abuse of minors made against them.   With that goal, Conception Abbey is providing the…