Special Events

Conception Abbey to livestream Midnight Mass

In serene silence, the gentle glow of candles takes over the darkness, just as Jesus’s birth fills the world with hope. The rhythm of monastic chanting fills the night with a humble simplicity like that of the stable on Christmas Eve.   While the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Conception Abbey is closed to…

Br. Isidro Ramos, OSB, enters eternal rest

Br. Isidro Ramos, OSB, a monk of Conception Abbey assigned to St. Benedict’s Priory, Benet Lake, Wisconsin, died early Saturday morning, November 28, in Harvey, Illinois. He was 74 years of age and professed as a Benedictine monk for twenty-four years. One of twelve children of Mr. and Mrs. Salvador Ramos, he was born January…

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 me, sir…” the lady uttered. “Yes, ma’am,” replied the man.…

Priest, Monk, Brother, Father: What does it all mean?

This article was originally published in Tower Topics, Spring 2020 Understanding Religious Roles Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the differences and similarities between the title “Brother” and “Father,” a priest of Conception Abbey and a priest in a parish not associated with the Abbey, or even the monks at Conception and the seminarians studying…

Brothers Living in Unity campaign makes significant progress

CONCEPTION, Mo. (June 19, 2020) – Conception leadership is pleased to announce that we have raised just over $1.6 million of the $2.8 million needed for us to receive the $1 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation. This leaves $1.2 million to fundraise by January 14 to receive the grant. In February of this…

Fr. Albert: Formed in Community

Fr. Albert walks into the fourth-grade classroom with his usual grin on his face. The students light up as he enters the room, and he is immediately received by a chorus of greetings. They put down their pencils and direct their attention to their pastor who stands before them in the front of the classroom.…

Fr. Anthony celebrates 80 years of service and fidelity

There are often firsts in every family, so even in a monastic community, we too have the pleasure of participating in an event happening for the first time. This year, on March 12, our Fr. Anthony Shidler, OSB, celebrated 80 years as a professed Benedictine monk. For the first time in our community’s 147-year history,…

A Message of Hope

Nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord A message from Abbot Benedict Dear friends in Christ,   I want to assure all of you that we at Conception Abbey and Conception Seminary College are determined to remain close to you during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and that the…

5 Spiritual Lessons We Can Learn From This Crisis

  5 Spiritual Lessons to Learn From This Crisis by Fr. Paul Sheller, OSB, Dean of Spiritual Formation at Conception Seminary College It is obvious that the news and outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is a very difficult time for all of us, and in every challenge, there are deeper spiritual lessons that we can…

Information regarding coronavirus, COVID-19

*Revised 05/17/21 We are happy to let you know that Conception Abbey is now open to the public. We are confident that we will still have a safe and welcoming campus and a united community as we ease the restrictions that were necessary for more uncertain and dangerous periods of the current pandemic. Visitors may…