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  • Black and White I took these black and white pictures one evening after Compline.         Continue Reading...
  • Honey from the Comb Br. Anselm is the monastery’s bee keeper. It was not something he ever thought he would do, but it is just something that he got into a few years ago.  He appreciates the work outside, which is a pleasant break from his usual assignment of teaching philosophy.  He now has five beehives. I suited up alongside Br. ... Continue Reading...
  • Photo of the Day: 1 Year Anniversary The monks of Conception Abbey started posting a “Photo of the Day” beginning on June 4, 2013.  A year has past, and the photos have become very popular on our Facebook page, where they are featured.  Here are some from the past year.    ... Continue Reading...
  • In Bloom Many vibrant colors around campus of the flowers in our gardens. “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence ... Continue Reading...
  • Br. Macario Ordained to the Priesthood On Thursday evening, our confrere, Br. Macario, was ordained to the priesthood.  Br. Macario spent four years preparing for the priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary.  It was a joyous occasion for our monastic community to gather in celebration and in thanksgiving to God as Br. Macario was consecrated to the Lord as a priest.  He was ... Continue Reading...
  • When Brothers Live in Unity After our 4 o’clock retreat conference, the monks processed to the monastery for the last time before the renovation and demolition begins.  Gathering around the wooden center stairwell, well worn from years of feet descending the steps to chant the Divine Office in the Basilica, the monastic community sang Psalm 133. “How góod and how pléasant it ís, when ... Continue Reading...
  • Retreat Week Each year the monastic community retreat is normally scheduled during the week after Seminary Graduation.  This year, because of the move and renovation, we moved it back a couple weeks so that we could get settled. This year, our Retreat Master is Msgr. Kevin Irwin.  Msgr. Irwin is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and ... Continue Reading...
  • Construction Preparations Last week, construction crews turned up the soil and added a few access roads to the monastery in preparation for the major renovation. The roads will serve for areas to store dumpsters and have easier paths to drive machinery to the monastery. Demolition inside begins on June 2. The monks will have a ... Continue Reading...
  • Alumni Ordinations May and June are busy times for alumni of Conception Seminary College to be ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in their respective dioceses. It is obviously a joy and blessing to the Church to see men who studied at our seminary come to this great moment in their life. During the year 2014, Conception Seminary ... Continue Reading...
  • Moved out of the Monastery The monks are getting settled in their temporary residence in St. Joseph Hall. I wanted to get more pictures posted of us moving out of the monastery last week, a historical event that will now be known simply as, “The Move.” Again, it was the efforts of seminarians and monks to help the move goes ... Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism As you can tell, it was a beautiful day at the Abbey. The weather was warm, sunny, and in the 70’s. But, the real joy came from being able to baptize Dominic Anselm Pawlowski, the third son of Max and Laura. Max works at the Newman Center at Northwest Missouri State. During the school year ... Continue Reading...
  • First Anniversary of Priestly Ordination It was one year ago today that Fr. Victor and I were ordained to the priesthood. It was a whirlwind of events that lead up to my ordination, including running in the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay, taking final exams, graduating from St. Vincent Seminary (Latrobe, PA), preaching all the weekend Masses at Sts. John and Paul ... Continue Reading...
  • A Moving Experience This is normally a quiet week for the monks.  It is usually the time of year when the monastic community has its annual retreat.  The seminarians have gone away until August and we transition into the summer months.  However, this week is different because the monks are moving out of the monastery to prepare for ... Continue Reading...
  • Happy Mother’s Day Today, Sunday, May 11th, we celebrate Mother’s Day—a day to honor our mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, godmothers, and all who have had a maternal influence in our lives.  Whether you are the homemaker, teacher of life, caretaker, nurse, best friend, soccer mom, backbone of the family, or just good old “Mom”—thank you for the many roles ... Continue Reading...
  • Seminary Graduation Congratulations to Conception Seminary’s Class of 2014 It was a full church for the Commencement and Honors Assembly.  Due to the rain and thunderstorms, post-graduation pictures were taken in the Basilica.  Our seminarians will depart after Sunday’s Mass of Thanksgiving. Continue Reading...
  • May Day! May Day is an annual community-wide team-oriented sports and activity day held at Conception Seminary College which fosters fraternity, promotes physical fitness, and builds the framework for friendly competition.  Alumni from year’s past have great memories of May Day during their time at Conception Seminary. The night before, seminarians are usually up to no good and ... Continue Reading...
  • Reflections of Light It is that time of the year again.  Yes, when the late afternoon comes streaming through the rose window and makes a beautiful reflection in the center of the Basilica.  On our way out of Evening Prayer, I noticed the reflection slowly creeping across the pews and moving toward the center.  So, I grabbed my camera and ... Continue Reading...
  • May Flowers It is a beautiful and sunny afternoon to take pictures. So, I put on my 50mm macro lens and took a stroll around the monastery.  Enjoy. Below: Br. Blaise spotted me with camera in hand and came over to show me some of his negatives from years before digital cameras.        ... Continue Reading...
  • Monks Compete in Warrior Dash Last May, Fr. Victor and I were ordained to the priesthood.  This past Saturday, we were completely covered from head to toe in mud after competing in our first “Warrior Dash.”  The Warrior Dash is a 5K (3.1 mile) race with 12 different obstacles, most involving barbwire, water, mud, with some climbing structures.  It’s not ... Continue Reading...
  • Archbishop Jerome with Pope John Paul II The post was submitted by Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.  Archbishop Jerome is the retired archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa.  He is a monk of Conception Abbey and was elected as Abbot of the monastery in 1977.  In 1987, he was named bishop of St. Cloud, Minnesota.  During his time as Abbot and Bishop, he visited with ... Continue Reading...

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