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  • Monks and the Seminary Classes in the seminary began on Monday and we have 99 seminarians this year. The summer certainly went by quickly but the monastic community too is ready for another academic year. There are 25 monks involved in some aspect of seminary formation, which might include serving as a professor, chaplain, spiritual director, or other member ... Continue Reading...
  • Mary: Our Hope and Our Comfort — Conception Seminary College For today the Virgin Mother of God was assumed into heaven as the beginning and image of your Church’s coming to perfection and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people. (Preface for the Assumption, Roman Missal, Third Edition) Mary is our hope and our comfort! As we celebrate the Solemnity of  via ... Continue Reading...
  • Solemnity of the Assumption Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For the monks, it is a special feast day for another reason. Many of the monks professed vows on this day, including me. Today is actually my 10th anniversary of profession. Here is a list of the monks who celebrate the anniversary ... Continue Reading...
  • Des Moines For the past two weeks, I have been filling in for the pastor, Fr. Aquinas, at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa. Fr. Aquinas has been taking these days away for vacation. I was able to help out at this beautiful parish last summer as well. It is one of the highlights ... Continue Reading...
  • In Flight A few evenings ago, I took to the skies with the aerial drone to capture some beautiful pictures of campus. The generous rains have kept everything nice and green. Br. Etienne used the camera to take pictures of the drone in the air. It’s a pretty awesome invention. Enjoy the pictures! Continue Reading...
  • Monastic Recreation During these beautiful summer months the monks go outside after supper as a community. Many times we simply sit outside or walk around the sidewalk and enjoy one another’s company. It is a time to relax, let the food digest, before we return to the Basilica for Compline, our final prayer of the evening. Here are ... Continue Reading...
  • Picturesque II The past few weeks have been very busy. I helped out with the Companion Camp Reunion, then departed for Wichita and Oklahoma City to visit a monastic vocation guest and attend the priesthood ordination as the seminary representative for alumnus John Paul Lewis. The monks have 14 days of vacation each year, so I spent ... Continue Reading...
  • Summer Flowers Recently, I made a quick loop around campus with the goal of capturing some nice summer pictures. I wanted to see what kinds of colors were around and see what else I could find.           Below: A picture from Br. Etienne. Continue Reading...
  • Glass Work I was back in the stained glass shop last week working on a couple of projects. I paused from the windows that I am working on in the monastery in order to work on a personal project. I made a design for the half circle window opening in my monastery room. The top of most ... Continue Reading...
  • Companion Camp Reunion A Benedictine monastery and a seminary college is an important place for high school boys to visit. A positive experience at such an impressionable age, even if only for the weekend, lends the opportunity to strengthen a young person’s faith and help cultivate and sustain their relationship with God. I know this because I have ... Continue Reading...
  • Continuing Education  Br. Jonathan, R.N., Br. Maximilian, C.N.A. and staff members from our Infirmary & Our Lady Rickenbach (Benedictine Sisters of Clyde) took part in a workshop on “Dealing With Difficult Personalities in the Health Care Setting.”  The session took place in the conference room of St. Gabriel Guest House on the north campus this afternoon.  The ... Continue Reading...
  • Picturesque These past 10 days or so have been absolutely beautiful. It has been sunny and in the 70’s and 80’s. It is certainly a good start for the summer. By the end of the week, it will be into the 90’s. The seminarians have been away for a few weeks. Three of them returned this week ... Continue Reading...
  • Stained Glass Window Installed I learned how to make stained glass windows while I was studying theology in preparation for the priesthood in St. Vincent’s in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. It was an interest and a hobby that I did on the side between studying for classes. I made a few windows, but nothing spectacular, mainly gifts for family and friends. The ... Continue Reading...
  • Clyde by Air The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri (just two miles down the road) asked me to do some aerial photography and videography with the aerial drone. I had been wanting to take pictures of their beautiful grounds. They have a nice community and many extraordinary buildings. Enjoy these pictures from the air. Continue Reading...
  • Crozier Complete Once Bishop Johnston was named the new bishop of our diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, I decided to work on a wooden crozier for him. When he was ordained bishop in 2008 for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, I made him a crozier which was gifted to him on behalf of our seminary college. Unfortunately, ... Continue Reading...
  • Br. Etienne Ordained Deacon Br. Etienne Huard, O.S.B. was ordained a deacon Thursday evening. Bishop Johnston, our local ordinary of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, was the ordaining bishop. Family, friends, and the monastic community gathered in the Basilica church for this joyful occasion. Br. Etienne will complete his final year of theological studies at St. Vincent Seminary (Latrobe, ... Continue Reading...
  • Seminary Graduation This past weekend we celebrated with the graduates of Conception Seminary College who completed their bachelors of arts in philosophy and eagerly await the next step in their lives. The Conferral of Degrees was Saturday afternoon followed by a reception. The seminarians departed to their respective dioceses for the summer shortly after Mass on Sunday. The dynamic on ... Continue Reading...
  • Seminary May Day The seminarians had the annual May Day festivities today. The seminary divides into the blue and white team for a day long tradition of sporting events and competition. It is a tradition that dates back many decades at Conception Seminary College. The day began with a promising weather forecast. It was windy, but sunny and reaching 75 ... Continue Reading...
  • Abbey Basilica Anniversary Today we celebrate 125 years of the Dedication of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Our historic basilica church was dedicated on May 10, 1891. It has served as the place of worship and encounter with God.It is a space of beauty and grandeur. With gratitude we celebrate this special anniversary in our history. In honor of the ... Continue Reading...
  • Abbey Trails 2016 Saturday morning we had our 21st Annual Abbey Trails 5K run/2 mile walk. It was a great success as we welcomed 175 participants. It turned out to be a beautiful May morning, with the exception of one small rain cloud and one bolt of lightning that occurred partway through the race. I participated in the 5K ... Continue Reading...

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