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  • Habemus Papam: One Year Later

    It is hard to believe that it was one year ago when white spoke came from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel and the bells were ringing.  I was finishing my last year of theology studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  I recall going...

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  • Receiving a New Postulant!

    It is always a great joy to our community to receive a new postulant.  On this cold morning on the first day of March, it was with warm and grateful hearts that Joseph Fussner of Brookville, Indiana, entered our community. The ceremony for entering...

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  • Planned Giving Seminar

    If blog activity seemed quiet these last few days, there is good reason for it. On Monday, I traveled to the National Catholic Planned Giving Seminar.  I needed some more experience in my assignment as Director of Planned Giving and thought this would...

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  • Taking the Polar Bear Plunge

    It was 30 degrees outside and partly cloudy. What would possess otherwise rational and clear thinking men to break ice with an axe and plunge into freezing cold water? I'm not exactly sure why, but the Conception Seminary Polar Bear Club tradition lives...

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  • Archbishop Rino Fisichella Visits Conception Abbey

    Today Archbishop Fisichella, the President of the Pontifical Council on the New Evangelization visited Conception Abbey and presided at Eucharist.  In his homily, Archbishop focused on Christ's question from the Gospel reading:  “But who do you say...

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  • Serve one another

    Yesterday morning, snow flurries blew around in the cloudy sky, as Br. Jacob, Br. Anselm, Postulant Eric, and I traveled to St. Joseph, Missouri.  We began our day's work by helping out at the Open Door Food Kitchen in downtown St. Joseph.  We visited...

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  • Support our Seminarians Benefit Dinner

    Our SOS (Support Our Seminarians) dinner and auction is this evening. It benefits Conception Seminary and the two Kansas City dioceses. It snowed this morning, but I made it safely to Kansas City to help set up at the Marriott downtown. Dinner begins...

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  • Monastery Clothing Drive

    Postulant Eric is spearheading the efforts for a Monastery Clothing Drive.  It is a great opportunity to support to the poor and needy in the area and recommit ourselves to living out the simplicity of life that we profess as monks.  The sign hangs...

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  • Monastic Road Trip

    On Thursday afternoon, two seminarians and I traveled to Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University, to have Mass at the St. Thomas Aquinas Student Center.  I celebrated and preached at their Thursday Night Liturgy.  It was nice to see a good...

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  • Sr. Maria Victoria Professes Final Vows

    This morning I attended the Final Monastic Profession of Sister Maria Victoria Cutaia, O.S.B. at Clyde, Missouri. Abbot Gregory presided at the Eucharistic celebration where Sr. Maria Victoria committed herself forever to stability, conversatio, and obedience....

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