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  • 1,500 Miles…and Counting As the temperatures get cooler, I am happy to announce that this week I reached my 1,500 mile biking goal for the year.  All of my bike rides for the year began at the Abbey.  The outdoor biking season is not necessarily over, but I prefer not to bike in temperatures below 50 degrees, especially if ... Continue Reading...
  • I’m Digging it The front of the monastery is not the most picturesque these days, as the construction and renovation project has turned to digging up the ground. This work has resulted in a couple of big mounds of dirt decorating the front yard.  But, though unsightly, it must mean progress, and one step closer into moving into ... Continue Reading...
  • National Vocation Awareness Week We celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 2nd – 8th, an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. This past ... Continue Reading...
  • All the Saints Bishop Carl Kemme, bishop of the Diocese of Wichita, celebrated the conventual Mass in the Basilica for the Solemnity of All Saints.  It was his first visit to Conception Abbey and Seminary College since being ordained to the episcopate on May 1, 2014. The Basilica was decorated with various relics and floral arrangements for this special ... Continue Reading...
  • Work, Travel, and Baseball I completed my first draft of the Fall-Winter issue of Tower Topics and sent it to my proofreaders.  I received their edits and I am now working hard to make changes to the publication before sending it to the printer.  Hopefully it will hit mailboxes in one month.  It is always such a big project to work ... Continue Reading...
  • Fall Colors It is the best time of the year to walk around campus.  The fall colors are brilliant.  For those of you who are not able to experience it firsthand, hopefully these pictures do it justice. Continue Reading...
  • Sports Weekend The Conception Seminary College “Thunder Cup” (Soccer/Volleyball tournament) began Saturday morning with the first round of soccer games.  It was a beautiful and sunny fall day for soccer and everyone seemed to be in good spirits for some inter-seminary competition.  Conception Seminary has two soccer fields, so four of the six teams in the tournament ... Continue Reading...
  • Bring the Noise Saturday, Oct. 18– The long awaited Seminary Soccer-Volleyball Tournament is just around the corner.  The seminarians are getting excited about it all.  The six team round robin volleyball tournament begins at 7:00PM and will have teams from St. Joseph’s College Seminary (Chicago, IL), St. Meinrad (St. Meinrad, IN), St. Gregory the Great Seminary (Seward, NE), ... Continue Reading...
  • Family Weekend This past weekend was Conception Seminary’s Family Weekend.  Most parents arrived sometime on Saturday to check in on their sons.  Hopefully everyone was found in good form.  Saturday was a beautiful sunny day to walk around campus.  One could see many younger siblings running around and enjoying themselves, hanging out with their older brothers. Families joined ... Continue Reading...
  • The Amazing Skies Whether I am on a bike ride or just strolling around campus, I like to capture the beautiful skies around the Abbey.  Here is a compilation of sky pictures over the past year or so.  Enjoy. Continue Reading...
  • Saying Goodbye A monk I studied with at St. Vincent, who is from St. Andrew’s Abbey (Cleveland), left me a voice message last night notifying me that Fr. Bill Wiethorn passed away.  Fr. Bill was a friend of mine and was a Capuchin priest whom I met in February 2004 when I was in seminary.  It was ... Continue Reading...
  • Seminary Volleyball Team The Seminary volleyball team is preparing for the big tournament which will be held on Saturday, October 18.  Several other seminaries will travel and bring soccer and volleyball teams to the inter-seminary tournament hosted by Conception Seminary College, named “The Thunder Cup.” Our seminarians have been practicing twice a week since early September, and now we only ... Continue Reading...
  • Partnering for Future Priests Friday evening we had our annual Partnering for Future Priests Dinner and Auction at Our Lady of Guadalupe church in St. Joseph, Missouri. It was an enjoyable evening and delicious meal, with the proceeds benefiting Conception Seminary College. This is the 6th year for the event. Monks, faculty, and seminarians attended the dinner. ... Continue Reading...
  • From Sunrise to Sunset This week I have had Mass for the Benedictine Sister of Perpetual Adoration at Clyde.  It is a great week to go to Clyde because Mass is at 7:30am, but the sunrise is around 7:15am.  I get to see the sun showing itself as it creeps above the horizon.  I packed my camera along and ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Michael’s Hall Open House Every year on the evening of the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the college freshmen and sophomores open their doors for an open house.  They welcome other seminarians and the monastic community for a social and for the chance to greet them on their own turf.  Open house was from 7:30pm to 10:00pm ... Continue Reading...
  • Tri-C Celebration Conception Abbey hosted the Tri-C Celebration (the communities of Conception, Conception Junction, and Clyde).  It started with the annual Lollipop Parade at 12:30pm, traveling from the St. John Paul II Recreation Center to the Basilica Parking Lot. The “100 year after” Community picture was taken in front of the Abbey Basilica at 1:00pm.  The 1914 picture ... Continue Reading...
  • ‘Real’ Volleyball I have been coaching the seminary volleyball team for the past few weeks.  Our tournament against other seminaries is on October 18.  In order to prepare them for the games, I wanted to take them to a Northwest Missouri State Women’s Volleyball game to show them some “real volleyball.” The Bearcats are a talented group and ... Continue Reading...
  • Adventures in Ministry It is a great joy and blessing to be a monk and a priest.  I enjoy the benefits of common prayer, community life, and I am able to take pastoral assignments, particularly on the weekend.  Several weeks ago, I saw on the calendar that I would be assigned for three weekend Masses at St. Gregory Barbarigo parish in ... Continue Reading...
  • Alumni Reunion We welcomed back our alumni from Conception Seminary for the 2014 Alumni Reunion (Sept. 19-20).  Alumni and guests arrived Friday in time for Mass and the Alumni Award Presentation (presented to alumnus Vic LeBreton) in the Basilica.  Archbishop Jerome Hanus, OSB, presided at Eucharist with many alumni priests in attendance.  The prayers for Mass were ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastery Exterior The workers continue the demolition and construction of the monastery.  From the outside, one can observe the replacement of windows and window frames.  Where windows have been removed, some boards block the frame, but elsewhere the windows wells are left wide open for any bird or creature to find a new home.  The area around the ... Continue Reading...

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