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  • 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...
  • Celebrating Culture This afternoon monks and seminarians celebrated with the CMC Community, our Vietnamese brothers who are on campus studying at Conception Seminary. Tet or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture. We recognized the Vietnamese New Year by a presentation and plenty of good food. Above: Fr. Pat and Fr. Samuel enjoy the festivities. Below: Seminarian Hayden ... Continue Reading...
  • Living the Gospel I completed a video featuring several aerial shots of the Abbey. You don’t get to see these angles all that often. Please share this video with any young men who you feel may have a monastic vocation or anyone who could benefit spiritually from a visit to our monastery. https://youtu.be/hDx-JZIngT0 Continue Reading...
  • New Monastery Stained Glass in Progress I learned the art of stained glass while studying at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. I always enjoyed getting involved in different types of arts or crafts, but was never really good at them. I made several small windows during my time in theology school and always thought about the possibility of continuing to make ... Continue Reading...
  • Wild Winter Weather  It has been a strange weather week. On Wednesday it was 45 degrees out, but the lake was frozen solid. I decided to get out my ice skates for the first time this season. It was perfect skating weather, so I played some hockey for a while. The top layer of ice was getting a ... Continue Reading...
  • A New Semester The seminarians returned to campus Sunday evening by 10:00 PM. There were no classes on Monday, but it was time for those who needed to make corrections and adjustments to their schedule to have that taken care of. The pre-theologians were in charge of hosting the annual Epiphany Party, which is normally scheduled for the Saturday ... Continue Reading...
  • 2016 Happy New Year and Happy Feast of Mary, Mother of God! These days at the Abbey have been quiet and restful for the most part. Several of the monks had their parents visit around Christmas and the days following. A couple of my classmates from college seminary even dropped by and we had a chance to visit. ... Continue Reading...
  • Christmas in a Monastery How do the monks prepare and celebrate Christmas? Check out the new video capturing some of the sights and sounds of the past few days. Merry Christmas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljygSOUm7mk&feature=youtu.be Continue Reading...
  • Christmas Blessings! Christmas Greetings and Best Wishes for a New Year of Happiness! The monks are grateful for so many blessings, especially our family, friends, and benefactors. We celebrated Midnight Mass with a Basilica filled with people from the area. The nice and dry weather was conducive to travel, so we had a good number of guests. I had Mass ... Continue Reading...
  • Christmas Tree Trimming  It’s that time of year when grown men dressed in black robes channel their inner child and gather with great excitement to decorate the Christmas tree. Okay, maybe I’m only referring to Br. Cyprian. The monks had their annual tree trimming party in the monastery recreation room. Several monks contributed ornaments to the trees and relaxed ... Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating with our Employees Each year in the days leading up to Christmas, we have our Employee Christmas Luncheon. It is a time for the close-knit Conception community- monks and employees- to gather and give thanks for many blessings. Specifically, we recognize and honor employees who are celebrating anniversaries of employment with us: 20, 25, 30 and even 40 ... Continue Reading...
  • Finals Week There have been many activities going on these past few days. I’d like to think that the seminarians have spent most of the time preparing for their final examinations. Please keep their academic pursuits in your prayers! The last final exam is this Thursday. The seminarians will have Mass Friday morning and be free to ... Continue Reading...
  • The SEMY Awards This year’s freshmen class took a different spin on the annual Freshmen Talent Night. As the name suggests, the freshmen class is to put on a talent show for all of the seminarians, chaplains, and those of the monastic community who wish to attend. In an early planning meeting the Freshmen decided to put on an ... Continue Reading...
  • Bishop Johnston Visits It is with great joy that we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception each year. It reminds us of what good things God has worked in Mary’s life and in her role as Mother of God. Similarly, it is a particuarly special day for the monks of Conception Abbey, since it is our patronal ... Continue Reading...
  • Giving Back Conception Abbey and Seminary College and the local Tri-C area (Conception, Conception Junction, and Clyde) have teamed up to participate in the Giving Tuesday initiative. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is the designated day to give to families in need during this Holiday Season. Seminarians were encouraged to bring canned goods and purchase clothing for families with ... Continue Reading...
  • What are you Grateful for? It is Thanksgiving, the day where in a special way we give thanks to Almighty God for so many blessings!  What are the monks thankful for? Look no further. #Thanksgiving #MonksGiveThanks Happy Thanksgiving! Continue Reading...
  • Advent is Coming The seminarians left for Thanksgiving break and return Sunday evening. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, so some preparations had to be made. Each year a large Advent wreath is placed around the St. Joseph statue on the steps leading to St. Joseph Hall. Fr. Xavier enlisted the help of several students to ... Continue Reading...
  • Day in the Life of a Seminarian Ever wonder what a seminarian does each day?  Check out this video that goes chronologically through a seminarian’s day, from prayer to studies to recreation. One of the freshmen, Dave Sotelo (Diocese of Wichita), helped me film this video which we put together. This weekend we have more than 100 men visiting for the weekend to check ... Continue Reading...
  • CSC Fall Production The moment has come. The initial vision, followed by months of planning and hours upon hours of hard work are about to become a reality. The audience—seminarians, their families, faculty members, and monks—enter St. Michael’s Gymnasium, traversing the wooden floor in search of choice seats for the performance. Actors, stagehands and tech crew are in ... Continue Reading...
  • Fading Daylight The afternoon sun is setting a little too quickly for my preference these days. While everyone enjoyed that extra hour of sleep for Daylight Savings Time, it is strange going to Evening Prayer while the sun is already set. Nevertheless, these days of fall have a beauty of their own, even if the leaves are ... Continue Reading...

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