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  • October’s Beautiful Colors If the wind doesn’t blow all of the leaves off of the trees, then we’ll be able to enjoy the nice colors for a little longer. This year’s fall colors are no disappointment. Campus is looking great as the temperatures drop. This morning it was close to freezing temperature, but forecasts say Sunday and Monday could ... Continue Reading...
  • Thunder Cup Weekend We had lots of activities and visitors this weekend.  First, our Board of Regents members arrived on Friday for their meetings in order to help offer input and feedback regarding the Seminary planning.  Bishop Dendinger celebrated Mass Friday evening. Bishop Johnston, the Bishop-elect of our Diocese, Kansas City-St. Joseph, is pictured with the seminarians from ... Continue Reading...
  • Family Weekend Above and Below:  Beautiful weather– this is my favorite time of the year. It was our annual Family Weekend for the seminarians.  Their parents, siblings, and other relatives enjoyed a weekend of activities and some wonderful weather.  All enjoyed Evening Prayer with the monastic community, a social afterwards, and a banquet in the dining rooms.  Later ... Continue Reading...
  • Witnessing the Faith On Sunday early afternoon, seminarian Chris Davis (Diocese of Salina) and I decided to bike to Maryville to participate in Life Chain Sunday.  I tried getting others involved, but not too many were thrilled about the 35 mile round trip.  We planned to do this a couple days before, but when Sunday rolled around, it ... Continue Reading...
  • Seminary Fundraiser Friday evening was our 7th Annual Partnering for Future Priests (PFP) seminary dinner/auction fundraiser.  The dinner was held in St. Joseph in the parish hall at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.  More than 200 friends and benefactors joined the monks of Conception Abbey, priests of the diocese, and the seminarians of Conception Seminary College.  The ... Continue Reading...
  • Alumni & Open House This past weekend was our annual Alumni Reunion Weekend.  We welcome more than 100 alumni.  Many of them were eager to return to see the newly renovated monastery, a capital campaign to which many of them contributed generously. Bishop Pates (Diocese of Des Moines) was the Guest Speaker for Alumni Day and he also celebrated Mass for ... Continue Reading...
  • Catholic Radio with Bishop Pates Bishop Pates called into his regular show on Friday mornings on Des Moines Catholic Radio from Conception Seminary College.  He spoke about his experiences of being in Washington, D.C. during Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit.  Bishop Pates had Abbot Gregory, Fr. Brendan, and the three Des Moines seminarians join him for the hour long radio program. It was ... Continue Reading...
  • KC Golf & Dinner The days continue to be very busy with many good activities.  Yesterday was the annual Priests and Seminarians Appreciation Dinner and Golf outing.  The proceeds from the event benefit Conception Seminary College.  It is a day to say “thank you” to the priests who serve in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the ... Continue Reading...
  • Tri-C Celebration We welcomed another monastery vocation guest who was here for the weekend visiting our community.  He and Archbishop Jerome were discussing gardens, so we took a tour of the gardens Sunday morning. Above:  Our vocation guest and Archbishop Jerome checking out the cherry tomatoes. Below:  Br. Justin picking Habanero peppers to make some salsa. We had our annual Tri-C ... Continue Reading...
  • Labor Day Weekend It was a warm Labor Day Weekend in Missouri.  Saturday morning I was at Viking Lake with the students from the Newman Center at Northwest Missouri State.  We had Mass, then spent a few hours swimming and going out on the boat.  Several of the priests from the Abbey take turns on the weekends celebrating ... Continue Reading...
  • Donor Thank You On Sunday we invited our donors and benefactors to join us for Mass, a banquet, and an open house and tour of the newly renovated monastery. Many local friends from around the Abbey were also invited to take a look at our new house.  The Basilica was completely filled with guests as we extended our ... Continue Reading...
  • A New School Year with New Leadership We officially welcomed Fr. Brendan Moss, O.S.B. (St. Meinrad Archabbey) and Fr. Pat York (Diocese of Wichita) to the Conception Seminary community.  Fr. Brendan was installed as President-Rector in a very beautiful and joyful ceremony on Sunday.  He was joined by family, friends, monastic confreres of St. Meinrad, and the Conception community.  Fr. Pat takes ... Continue Reading...
  • Seminary Orientation  The new seminarians arrived and are slowly getting accustom to campus.  As the new freshmen chaplain, I have the privilege of living on the residence floor with 26 freshmen.  Yes, it is good news…numbers are up, with total enrollment at 108.  This news is a great cause for hope in the Church. The freshmen seem to ... Continue Reading...
  • A Touch of Beauty Campus is looking nice these days, plenty of beautiful colors.  The seminarians return, so that will keep many of us plenty busy.  Enjoy the colors!   Continue Reading...
  • Open Hearts, Open Doors These past few days have been filled with God’s many blessings. On August 14, Novice Adam Haake, a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, who has discerned a call to monastic life at Conception Abbey, is testing that call in the novitiate.  During this one year period of discernment, he will pray and work ... Continue Reading...
  • One Week In just one week the new seminarians will be arriving at Conception Seminary College.  Those monks directly (and indirectly) involved with their formation are making preparations during these last days. Just this morning I sat in on a meeting planning the arrival of the freshmen class, which I will oversee this year.  We have 26 freshmen! ... Continue Reading...
  • Summer Projects The new students arrive for seminary orientation in less than two weeks. There are many small projects to complete before then. I was recently appointed as chaplain to the Freshman class, so this year I will reside in St. Michael’s Hall with the incoming Freshmen.  The chaplain quarters needed a little work, so Postulant Adam and ... Continue Reading...
  • On a Mission  I have been substituting at the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa for the past couple of weeks and will be here through the end of the week.  When the pastor, Fr. Aquinas Nichols, takes his summer vacation, usually one of our monks is asked to staff the parish.  In recent years Fr. ... Continue Reading...
  • Nature, Up-close and Personal I had a good response from the blog posting of our Br. Etienne’s macro photography, so I decided it was worth posting more.  He takes some amazing detailed shots of flowers and insects, and it reveals a certain beauty in ways that the human eye isn’t normally able to see.  Enjoy! ... Continue Reading...
  • Out in the Summer Heat It is been a busy week and I have not been able to get these pictures up sooner. As these warm summer days continue, the work outside the monastery goes on. The sidewalks are looking very nice  and will serve the monks and our guests well for many years to come. On the south side ... Continue Reading...

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