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  • In Nature Below are a collection of various nature pictures that I took during this Easter week. The grass is now nice and green and the trees are beginning to bloom and get some color. We have experienced a nice combination of sunshine and rain this week. ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastic Bonfire On Tuesday evening, a group of the monks had a bonfire down at the area known as “Maria Laach.” Down the hill past the soccer field, there is an island with a fire pit on it and a nice grotto to Our Lady. We enjoyed the warmth coming from the fire and roasted marshmallows and ... Continue Reading...
  • The Benedictine Sisters Come to the Abbey for a Visit As part of an annual tradition, the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration came to join the monks for evening prayer and supper on Easter Monday.  It is always good to visit with the Sisters, who live only a couple miles down the road.  They have us over at their monastery on the feast of St. ... Continue Reading...
  • Magnolias in Bloom The magnolias were in bloom just in time for Easter!  Alleluia! Continue Reading...
  • Easter Sunday Easter Greetings from Conception Abbey.  Christ is Risen, Alleluia!!! Our day began pretty early today.  I woke up at 3:40am and got ready in order to serve as MC at the 4:30am Vigil.  Gathering in the dark of night, we had excellent weather in order to have our Easter fire outdoors.  The procession ensued as monks, ... Continue Reading...
  • Good Friday Our Good Friday celebration of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ began at the 3 o’clock hour. The monastic community processed into a full Basilica in silence. The celebration of the Lord’s Passion consists of three parts, namely, the Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.  The Priest and ... Continue Reading...
  • Holy Thursday It was a beautiful and powerful liturgy at Conception Abbey, celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  Seminarians, guests, and the monastic community gathered together to praise God on this special day.  The customary Holy Thursday banquet occurred before the celebration of the Eucharist.  The Basilica was filled with beautiful music and the lifting of our ... Continue Reading...
  • Triduum Schedule What does the Abbey’s Triduum Schedule look like?  See below. Holy Thursday 11:00am Reconciliation Service (Basilica) 12:00pm Lunch 5:00pm  Holy Thursday Banquet (Guest Dining Room) 7:00pm  Solemn Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper Adoration of the Eucharist until Midnight Good Friday 7:50am  Morning Prayer 11:45am  Daytime Prayer 12:00pm  Lunch 3:00pm  Celebration of the Passion of the Lord 6:00pm  Supper 7:15pm  Night Prayer Holy Saturday 7:00am  Breakfast 7:50am  Morning Prayer 11:45am  Daytime Prayer 12:00pm  Lunch 5:35pm ... Continue Reading...
  • Palm Sunday Procession Due to the questionable weather, we had to keep the Palm Sunday procession indoors this year.  It was cloudy and threatening to rain all morning long.  Scattered thunderstorms have been saturating the ground, just in time for the farmers’ planting season.  Our procession took us to St. Raphael Hall and back to the Basilica for ... Continue Reading...
  • A Little More Like Spring This week has been remarkably warmer, and signs of spring are all around us. The grass is looking far greener than ever, and people are outside walking, jogging, and working. Below:  Br. Blaise rakes some leaves and prepares the gardens on a beautiful afternoon. Below: The light from the evening sun casts a stunning reflection of the ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastic Life at Conception Abbey I put together this video for Abbot Gregory on a talk that he gave to another monastic community on the topic of “Vocations.”  Conception Abbey has had a number of young men join in recent years, and this is our response to why we entered monastic life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwo8phzozqo Continue Reading...
  • Encounter Weekend Conception Seminary College hosts a come and see weekend for young men discerning a vocation to the priesthood.  Encounter with God’s Call weekend occurs once in the fall semester and once in the spring.  The participants hear a variety of talks about the joys and challenges of discernment and share their experiences in following Christ. ... Continue Reading...
  • Weekly Assignments Each Saturday the Prior (Fr. Daniel) posts a new list of assignments goes on the monastery bulletin board. It lists anything from who is celebrating Mass during the week, to the bell ringer, to table waiters. There are “house” (monastery) assignments, and these assignments begin Saturday afternoon and continue throughout the week. Also, for the ... Continue Reading...
  • Companion Camp The weekend of June 20-22, we host our 18th annual Companion Camp.  The camp is for boys entering grades 6th-8th.  I have been involved in the camp for about ten years and I have been Camp Director the past several years.  It is a great experience for junior high boys to enjoy one another’s company, ... Continue Reading...
  • April Fool’s Caption Writing Results I had an April Fool’s Photo of the Day and requested people to submit their captions on our Facebook page. Posted below are the picture and the comments. Boy, you break one chair and they never let you even step foot inside again. I was invited to a barbeque today after Mass. Um wait a sec. Holy Cow!!!!! That’s a ... Continue Reading...
  • Body and Soul: John Paul II Fitness Center Tuesday evening is the only day of our monastic schedule that varies a little.  I described our usual haustus practice in a previous post.  This evening after Vespers, we had a community meeting to discuss certain plans in preparation for the renovation of the monastery.  It is a significant project and we have many things to consider. Dinner ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastic Experience Retreat It is the fourth Sunday of Lent, also known as “Laetare Sunday,” and we have much reason to rejoice.  This weekend we invited three men for a Monastic Experience discernment retreat.  The weekend began Friday evening with Vespers with the monastic community.  Throughout the retreat, the participants heard talks by various monks and even had ... Continue Reading...
  • Fresh off the Press Last week I finished the Spring 2014 issue of our publication, “Tower Topics,” and we sent it off to our Printery House on Monday. It is always a good feeling to have another issue of Tower Topics complete and ready to be printed.  We are fortunately that the printing can be done here on campus, ... Continue Reading...
  • A Quiet Thursday The seminarians departed yesterday after their last afternoon class for their “long off-campus weekend.” We wish them safe travels and a relaxing break. They will return Sunday evening. I am finding plenty to do in the office, after a high energy youth retreat last weekend.  I am finishing the layout and design for the Encounter with ... Continue Reading...
  • Going Westward for Youth Ministry I flew to Denver on Thursday to help out with a Discipleship Youth Retreat for the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming. I was immediately taken with the scenery and the mountains, even though I had had enough snow for the winter. Cameron Smith, a friend from seminary, is the youth minister and he invited me to help ... Continue Reading...

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