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 2014.

“The older members of St. Benedict’s Priory have retired to St. Stephen’s Health Care Center at Conception Abbey,” said Rt. Rev. Benedict Neenan, OSB, Abbot of Conception Abbey. “As our monks age and can no longer work in the seminary and other ministries, they reside in our infirmary, where their expenses are covered by the Monastic Retirement Endowment. This gift will significantly bolster our goal to provide the needed benefits that our beloved monks deserve after a lifetime of service.”

Conception’s Brothers Living in Unity capital campaign was launched in the spring of 2019 with one overarching goal – to help the entire community live in greater unity with one another and in faith.

This generous gift brings the campaign total thus far to $9.7 million, toward the initial goal of $14.5 million. As part of a three-year effort, Conception is working to secure $10 million toward the new residence hall to house all seminarians under one roof, which will further strengthen Conception’s formation program. The remaining $4.5 million will build up the Monastic Retirement Endowment to ensure that Conception continues to meet the needs of our retired monks who have devoted their lives in service to the Lord.

“I am happy to report that we are closer to achieving this goal each day at Conception through the sacrifice and partnership of our many benefactors,” Neenan said. “With the entire Conception family making a meaningful commitment of prayer and participation in the campaign, we are all sure to be more united in His abundant love, protection, and compassion.”

More information is available on our campaign website found at campaign.conceptionabbey.org