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  • Freshmen Class Outing Every year the different classes in the seminary college will organize a class outing. Usually these occur in the spring semester, particularly when the weather is nicer. The freshmen class traveled to Lake Viking to the home of friends of mine. They were generous enough to allow the 25 of us to spend most of ... Continue Reading...
  • The New Tower Topics It is good to see the fruit of our labor. The spring 2016 issue of our triennial publication, Tower Topics, hit mailboxes this week. You can find and read the electronic version online! Spring 2016 Tower Topics Continue Reading...
  • Prayer for Vocations Sunday was the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It was also the spring priesthood discernment retreat, Encounter with God’s Call weekend. Conception Seminary College welcomed around 70 young men to check out the seminary. Sunday afternoon, there was a Eucharistic procession out to the Marian Grotto on campus. Sunday evening I had Mass at the Newman ... Continue Reading...
  • From Above The weather has been beautiful this week and the sun finally broke through the clouds today to unveil some vibrant colors. Just during this week we have seen a remarkable difference with the amount of foliage on the trees. We still have a ways to go, but spring is off to a great start. This ... Continue Reading...
  • In Color Signs of spring are coming through all over campus while the trees are still looking to fill out with their leaves. I used my 50mm camera lens to capture these vibrant colors.                          Continue Reading...
  • Feast of Saint Benedict Happy Feast of St. Benedict! Normally the Feast of St. Benedict is on March 21, but due to Lent and Holy Week, and then the Octave Week of Easter, St. Benedict’s feast day (Transitus) was transferred to April 5. The seminarians returned from Easter vacation on Sunday evening. Since the monks celebrate this day as a Solemnity, there ... Continue Reading...
  • Magnolias in Bloom The magnolia trees between the monastery and St. Maur Hall are in full bloom. The opened up sometime early last week and were spared from the freezing temperatures. Currently they are clinging to the branches amid some fierce southern winds that we have been having these days. The rest of the trees are starting to ... Continue Reading...
  • Easter Monday Tradition  The monks are happy to continue a tradition that has gone on for many years. On Easter Monday the monastic community welcomes the Benedictine sisters from Clyde for evening prayer and supper. It is always a fitting way to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.                                         Continue Reading...
  • Happy Easter Dear Friends, Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia! Happy Easter to all of you! We had a beautiful celebration of the Easter Vigil, beginning in darkness at 4:30 a.m., but concluding in the light of a new day. May the Risen Christ fill your heart with joy and peace during this Easter season. Continue Reading...
  • Triduum, Pt. II The Good Friday celebration at the Abbey was beautiful and moving as always. Here are several pictures from the liturgy thanks to seminarian Dave Sotelo (Wichita). Continue Reading...
  • Triduum  These days of the Sacred Triduum at Conception are very beautiful and a powerful experience. It is good to have many guests with us for the liturgical celebrations. Yesterday we celebrated Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Abbot Gregory presided at the Eucharist and participated in the Washing of Feet. Below: Seminarian Dave Sotelo (Wichita) ... Continue Reading...
  • Mid-Week Update Some recent rain has brought the nice green color out in the grass and signs of spring are starting to bud everywhere. After yesterday’s rain, the sun came out later in the afternoon and campus looks beautiful at sunset. This aerial shot captures all of the buildings on campus. In the monastery chapter room, the Tuesday ... Continue Reading...
  • Coffee Shop Night The seminary talent show evening held every spring is called “Coffee Shop Night.” The evening event featured numerous musical acts, videos, and a lot of humor. The seminarians are a talented group, especially from a musical perspective, much of which was showcase in the night of entertainment. Continue Reading...
  • Board of Regents Our Board of Regents is meeting this weekend. The meetings began Friday afternoon and continue today. The Board helps Conception Seminary College with strategic planning and offering various kinds of insight and direction. Yesterday afternoon the monastic and seminary community gathered for Mass and the principal celebrant and homilist was Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese ... Continue Reading...
  • Bishop Kemme Visits Bishop Kemme of the Diocese of Wichita is visiting his men at Conception Seminary College these days. He arrived Tuesday evening and will stay through our Board of Regents meetings this weekend. Bishop Kemme will have a chance to visit with the seminarians from his Diocese who are studying in our seminary college. There are 23 ... Continue Reading...
  • Lenten Conferences On Tuesday evenings during Lent, the monks have a community conference after Vespers. Abbot Gregory decided to have some of the members give presentations on the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. These works are particularly good areas of reflection during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. This evening Br. Anselm gave a conference on the Spiritual ... Continue Reading...
  • F.I.R.E. Retreat I had the privilege of traveling to Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg, Kansas to help out with the 2016 F.I.R.E. Men’s Retreat. I was invited to help out with confessions on Saturday evening, but I arrived there Saturday morning to participate in the activities and interact with the 90 men attending the retreat. When I first ... Continue Reading...
  • Blessing of New Crucifix The new crucifix which was hand carved specifically for the monastery dining room was mounted on Tuesday. The monastic community gathered for the blessing of this crucifix before supper. Abbot Gregory blessed the crucifix which all of the monks will look upon whenever we gather in the dining room. It is situated between a mural of Martha ... Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating with our Neighbors Every year for the Feast of St. Scholastica, the sisters (our Benedictine neighbors) invite the monks to join them for Vespers and supper. The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are just 2 miles down the road and we have a great relationship and a long history. The Feast of St. Scholastica was transferred one day due ... Continue Reading...
  • Lent Begins The monastic and seminary community gathered today in the Basilica to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass. The formula used for imposition of ashes: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Abbot Gregory presided and preached at today’s liturgy and Fr. Brendan Moss, Rector of Conception Seminary, helped distribute ashes. St. Benedict encourages his monks to live a “continuous ... Continue Reading...

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