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  • 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...
  • Seminary Sports It was in the mid to upper 40’s today, which in January seems warm.  The freshmen and sophomores in the college play team sports twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday afternoon.  When I was a junior monk, I facilitated Team Sports for three years.  Now, Br. Justin is in charge of organizing games for ... Continue Reading...
  • Question & Answer We had about 15 kids here on retreat from Kansas City for the weekend.  This morning before Mass, I, along with two seminarians, facilitated a question and answer panel for the group.  The kids were pretty tired and a bit quiet during the session (as young people usually are before noon), but they listened attentively ... Continue Reading...
  • Sr. Maria Victoria Professes Final Vows This morning I attended the Final Monastic Profession of Sister Maria Victoria Cutaia, O.S.B. at Clyde, Missouri. Abbot Gregory presided at the Eucharistic celebration where Sr. Maria Victoria committed herself forever to stability, conversatio, and obedience. It was a joyful day for the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and all who assembled to celebrate this ... Continue Reading...
  • The Movement of the Spirit Yesterday I made my way to Independence, MO for the Kairos retreat. I arrived at the Franciscan Retreat Center around 3:00pm, only about a 1 hr 45 min drive from the Abbey. One of the sisters showed me around the grounds and to the room where I was staying. We found the rest of ... Continue Reading...
  • Kairos Retreat Early this afternoon I will be heading to the Franciscan Retreat Center in Independence, Missouri to help out and be a “Benedictine presence” at a youth retreat.  The kids on retreat are from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City.  They have been on retreat since Tuesday, but I will have Mass for them this afternoon ... Continue Reading...
  • Special Delivery The monks are responsible for getting the mail to the various departments on campus. The Post Office is conveniently placed on the northwest corner of campus, attached to the Printery House. The mail arrives around lunch time and one of the monks is assigned to pick it up from the Post Office after Day Prayer ... Continue Reading...
  • Tower Topics Fall-Winter Our alumni, friends, and benefactors are familiar with our triennial publication, Tower Topics, which hit mailboxes about two weeks ago.  I am the Editor of the publication, and the Fall/Winter 2013 publication was just my second issue at the helm.  Much planning and work from various people goes into its creation, and I am always relieved ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastic Experience While we are still a couple of months away, I wanted to promote our Monastic Experience weekend.  We invite men, between the ages of 18 and 35, who are considering a religious vocation to spend a weekend with the monks of Conception Abbey.  It will be an opportunity to discern one’s vocation in an obligation ... Continue Reading...
  • On a Mission The priests of the monastery are often assigned on the weekend to different parishes in the area to assist by celebrating Mass. This weekend I traveled to Bethany, Missouri, only about 45 minutes from the Abbey. I departed Saturday afternoon, driving with sunglasses on, cruising into the bright afternoon sun. I had Mass at 5:00pm ... Continue Reading...
  • Emerging from the Fog Yesterday we had fog in the morning, and in the afternoon, and in the evening.  The fog did not depart all day long.  But, the temperature did get close to 40 degrees, so that was nice.  Today had been bright and sunny, so enjoy the contrasting pictures. Continue Reading...
  • Hoop Dreams Yesterday evening after Compline, I went over to St. Michael’s Gymnasium to watch the  seminarian basketball team play their first scrimmage game against a local men’s team.  The seminarians have been practicing for a few months under the direction of Coach Skip Shear.  Skip has coached for several schools including, Northwest Missouri State, Southwest Baptist ... Continue Reading...
  • Camera and Ice Br. Etienne left today to return to St. Vincent Seminary for the spring semester of his first year in theology school.  During Christmas break I gave him my Canon Rebel XS camera, since I got an upgrade from my parents.  Br. Etienne, a camera enthusiast and former camera store worker, took this amazing macro picture ... Continue Reading...
  • School is Back in Session This week the seminarians of Conception Seminary College have returned to campus for the spring semester.  “Spring” is somewhat of a misnomer at this time of the year, for today brought some more snow flurries as the seminarians made their way between buildings for breakfast and their first classes. Please pray that God blesses the semester, ... Continue Reading...
  • Meet Br. Maximilian Today, Br. Maximilian departs for Chicago for 4 months to work at St. Joseph’s Home with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Palatine, Illinois. He hopes to gain experience with gerontological health care.  We wish him the best and look forward to his return in April.  Br. Maximilian was scheduled to leave yesterday morning, ... Continue Reading...
  • Lights Out I woke up this morning to the sound of my alarm, at the customary time of 5:00am. In my usual morning slumber, I instinctively turned the light on, grabbed  my bathrobe, and slipped into my flip-flops, seemingly in all one motion. I opened the door to my room, and before I even wiped my eyes, ... Continue Reading...
  • Epiphany “Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory.” -Isaiah 60:1-3 We celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.  We celebrate three great mysteries:  The Adoration of the Magi, Water is changed into wine ... Continue Reading...
  • From the Archivist’s Files This posting was submitted by Br. Bernard Montgomery, O.S.B., a monk of Conception Abbey.  Br. Bernard has several monastic job assignments, but he contributes this entry in his role as Abbey Archivist. I became archivist of the Abbey in November of 2009.  I am responsible for the day to day oversight and work of collecting and ... Continue Reading...
  • Monks on Wheels This posting was submitted by Fr. Joel Derks, O.S.B., a monk of Conception Abbey, and a jubilarian in profession and ordination. Who takes care of the car you use?  What kind of attention does your car need? I help out with maintenance for the Abbey’s fleet of vehicles. I care for everything from the wheels to the roof. Adding ... Continue Reading...
  • Snow: Part Deux A quick glimpse of campus this morning after the snow finished falling sometime last night.  Our workers did a good job having the sidewalks cleared so that we can carry on business as usual.  The snow is not terribly deep, but the wind enabled drifts to collect in various areas. Continue Reading...

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