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  • St. Valentine’s Day in a Monastery Today I e-mailed a little humorous greeting to some of my friends, saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day, or as we call it in the monastery, ‘Friday.'” Actually, today the Church celebrates the memorial of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, two 9th century brothers born in Thessalonica. Both were ordained priests and lived in a monastery, but were chosen ... Continue Reading...
  • All Winter Long Snow fell briefly before noon yesterday. The sun broke through long enough to melt the little that had accumulated on the sidewalks. And, a few pictures taken from the highway (don’t worry, I wasn’t the one driving). Continue Reading...
  • Conception Seminary Basketball Featured on KQ2 News A few weeks ago a reporter from KQ2 News in St. Joseph, Missouri came to Conception Abbey and Seminary College to film Conception Seminary College’s basketball team.  The footage was edited to become a 3-part series focusing on Skip Shear (Director of Wellness at Conception Seminary) and his role with CSC athletics. The Documentary is very ... Continue Reading...
  • The Monks Visit their Neighbors Every year on the Feast of St. Scholastica, the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration invite the monks over to their monastery for Evening Prayer and supper.  St. Scholastica is the sister of St. Benedict.  It is an event that we always look forward to. The monks arrived around 5:00pm on another cold winter day. Below:  The ... Continue Reading...
  • 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 with the men and women who came inside to escape the cold ... Continue Reading...
  • Meet Fr. Pachomius Date of profession (simple vows): August 15, 2002 Ordination Date: May 21, 2009 Place of Birth: St. Mary’s Hospital, Quincy, IL High School: St. Thomas Aquinas High School Seminary College & Degree: Conception Seminary College:  BA, Liberal Arts Post-graduate work/Theology: Mount Angel Seminary – MDiv, MA, STB Current monastic assignments: seminary formation director, seminary Apostolics Director, seminary art instructor, artist and ... Continue Reading...
  • The Unconquered Snow It was yóu who fíxed the bóunds of the éarth, yóu who máde both súmmer and wínter. -Psalm 74:17 The snow prevented many people from coming into work yesterday. Br. Blaise, our “weather-monk”, measures the temperature, snowfall, and precipitation daily. It was difficult to predict accurately how much snow there was on Tuesday due to the strong ... Continue Reading...
  • Winter Storm Nika Snow began to fall gently around 11:30am this morning, and it has not stopped as we move into the evening.  Many of the schools in the local area, including Northwest Missouri State, were cancelled even last night as they anticipated the storm.  Somewhere between 2-4 inches of snow have fallen, making the roads pretty treacherous ... Continue Reading...
  • St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God free you from illness of the throat and from any other sort of ill. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. When I was a junior in high school, I took St. Blaise as my Confirmation saint. ... Continue Reading...
  • The Weekend brings us into February Today we celebrated the Presentation of the Lord with a candle procession at the beginning of Mass.  We had about 20 Benedictine Prioresses from all over the United States joining us for Mass, lunch, and Day Prayer.  I visited and ate lunch with a few of the Sisters in our guest refectory and enjoyed a ... Continue Reading...
  • 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 at 7:00pm. I rode the elevator to the 20th floor to snap these ... Continue Reading...
  • Let there be Light Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good. God then separated the light from the darkness. -Genesis 1:3-4 Beauty in the simple things.  No single picture in this collection would be considered spectacular, but I think there is an attractiveness among them when placed together. Continue Reading...
  • A Typical Day in the Office Yesterday afternoon I traveled 45 minutes to St. Joseph, Missouri to attend the St. James School Vocation Day.  I represented the monks and monastic life on a panel which included a diocesan priest, a religious sister, and a married couple.  We had three sessions:  the first included 1st and 2nd graders, then 3rd-5th graders, and ... Continue Reading...
  • 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 on the main bulletin board in the monastery and the clothing ... Continue Reading...
  • Home Sweet Home Sunday evening we pulled into the drive at Conception just before 10:30pm.  It was a long and arduous journey from Mundelein, Illinois, particularly due to the duration of the drive (close to 8 hours) and the unpleasant weather.  I led the group, driving in the car, followed by two vans and a suburban full of ... Continue Reading...
  • The Day in the Windy City I celebrated Mass on my secondary feast day (Conversion of St. Paul) for the group who traveled along with the Conception Seminary team and served as “Fans” or “Cheerleaders.” We had planned to leave St. Benedict’s Abbey and catch a 10:45am train from Fox Lake to Chicago, but missed it by minutes. So, instead, we ... Continue Reading...
  • 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 turnout even in the midst of the bitterly cold weather.  The ... Continue Reading...
  • Meet Fr. Victor Date of profession (simple vows): August 15, 2005 Ordination Date: May 16, 2013 Place of Birth: Kinsley, KS High School: Kinsley HS, Arkansas City HS (Arkansas City, KS) College & Degree: Conception Seminary College – liberal arts Post-graduate work/Theology: Catholic University of America (Washington, DC) – M.A. Biblical Studies; St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology – M.Div. Current monastic assignments: Seminary ... Continue Reading...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Today marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, which legalized abortion nationwide.  This day has had tragic consequences for our nation and perpetuating a “culture of death.” In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 is observed as a particular day of prayer for ... Continue Reading...
  • Tuesday Evening Haustus The schedule in the monastery for Tuesdays after Vespers changes a bit from the typical day. After prayer, the monks occasionally have a community conference, which is usually given by the Abbot.  Then we have what we call, “Haustus.” Haustus comes from the Latin verb (Haurio, Haurire, Hausi, Haustus) meaning “to draw up” or “drink.” ... Continue Reading...

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