Special Events

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 01/08/21 Conception Abbey continues to take extra precautions. We will remain temporarily closed to the general public at this time. Please check the website regularly for updates, as situations may change quickly due to the nature of this pandemic. The Basilica and all campus buildings remain closed to the public until further notice. We…

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…