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  • 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...
  • Pave the Way Workers were focusing their efforts on the south side of the monastery Monday morning and afternoon, where they are putting in a concrete patio area and continuing to finish the sidewalks around campus.  Their work, however, was abruptly suspended due to an impressive rainfall that lasted most of the afternoon and into the evening.        Below:  Monks enjoy ... Continue Reading...
  • Outside the Monastery Plenty of work has been going on inside the monastery, but there is still a lot of work that needs to take place outside and around the building. The old concrete stairs on the west side of the monastery were demolished in order to put in new ones. Br. Etienne recently took some amazing macro pictures. ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastery Blessing  June 25– We hosted our Benedictine friends from Missouri and Kansas for the blessing of the monastery.  Abbot Gregory presided over the brief ceremony which took place in the monastery chapter room.  It included a greeting, singing of a Psalm, reading, hymn, and blessing of the newly renovated monastery with holy water.  Afterwards the Benedictine ... Continue Reading...
  • Behind the Cloister Door We’re back in the Monastery! The monastic community made the move on Monday, June 15th.  While much of the work occurred on that day, there is still plenty of moving and cleaning going on.  Everyone is adjusting well to a familiar environment with a completely new look. Workers still roam the hallways giving necessary attention to touch-up ... Continue Reading...
  • Companion Camp 2015 We are in the midst of our annual Companion Camp. I camp for 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys. We also invite high school boys to come and be a part of the camp staff. There are many activities throughout the weekend to keep the campers occupied. We also want them to have a positive experience ... Continue Reading...
  • Batter-up! Annual Priests Softball Game is a Winner The roaring of the crowd filled Community America Ballpark (T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, KS) on Monday night for the 2nd Annual Pitching for Priests Softball Game sponsored by Catholic Radio.  The priests of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph sought to defend their title from last year’s slugfest against the priests of the Archdiocese of ... Continue Reading...
  • Moving Day Approaches Moving Day, also known as “Monday”, is quickly approaching.  The monks are eager to settle into the newly renovated monastery. There are four “moving teams” assigned and each team will have ½ hour to move the effects of each monk from St. Joseph Hall to the monastery.  Monks are asked to have their belongings boxed and ... Continue Reading...
  • Model A Fords, oh my! We cleared the west parking lot in front of the Basilica for the Northwest Missouri Model A Ford Club.  The parking lot is filled with these beautiful, antique cars.  The 200 guests are here for a tour of the Basilica and are staying for lunch. In the spirit of St. Benedict:  Welcome to Conception Abbey! ... Continue Reading...
  • Work Around the House Workers have been tearing up and replacing the sidewalks around the monastery and in various parts of campus.  However, all the rain these past weeks has left things quite the muddy mess.  We trust that the beauty of our campus will be restored in due time.  In the meantime, at least everything is nice and ... Continue Reading...
  • Pick-up Game  I made a few phone calls on Monday and talked to a few of the monks about playing some softball on Tuesday evening.  We ended up playing at the ball field in Conception Junction.  We ended up having three priests, two monks, and eleven local youth.  So, we were able to play 8 on 8. ... Continue Reading...
  • Come Holy Spirit  Below: The Holy Spirit painting that is on the ceiling of the chapter room in the newly renovated monastery.  Pentecost is a very special feast for me personally.  Two years ago, when I was ordained a priest, the first Sunday Mass I celebrated at my home parish in Stillwater, Oklahoma was on Pentecost Sunday. Two years later, ... Continue Reading...
  • New Foundations It is community retreat week.  That means that all of the ‘monks on mission’ return and we have two spiritual conferences a day led by the retreat director.  This year’s director has been Abbot Peter Eberle.  Abbot Peter is the retired abbot of Mount Angel in Oregon.  He has been leading the monastic community through ... Continue Reading...
  • Graduation Weekend Conception Seminary College Commencement & Honors Assembly was held Saturday afternoon.  Seminarians, monks, family, friends, and even some recent alumni were on hand for the joyful occasion.  Dr. Bill Brownsberger, Academic Dean, announced the student awards and academic scholarships for each class, including the recipients of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and ... Continue Reading...
  • May Day It is a long Conception Seminary College tradition to have a day dedicated to athletic activities for the seminarians to compete–the blue team vs. the white team.  Even the oldest alumni have their memories of May Day- the sports, the fun, and the shenanigans the night before. This year was no different.  While rainy weather was ... Continue Reading...
  • History of the Abbey Basilica I put together a video of the history of the Abbey Basilica for the feast of its Dedication.  I uploaded it on our Facebook page yesterday, but put it up on YouTube today.  Br. Cyprian, our Guestmaster, shares the history of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.  Enjoy this brief history of our beautiful church. Continue Reading...
  • Recent Stirrings Today we celebrate the anniversary of the Dedication of the Abbey Basilica.  The Basilica is the spiritual center of our campus, because it is where we give praise and worship to God.  All the work we do, in our many apostolates, draw strength from what we do six times a day in church.  To quote the ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastery Art: Part III The construction on the monastery is coming along rather nicely.  The art in the monastic refectory, chapter room, and hallways is serving to adorn the new space, making it a place which glorifies God through its beauty. Br. Michael is coordinating the artistic efforts and finishing some of the work begun by the professional artists. Below:  The refectory ... Continue Reading...
  • Rector’s Reception Yesterday afternoon seminarians, monks, and faculty gathered to honor and recognize Fr. Samuel’s many years of service at Conception Seminary College.  At the end of the semester, Fr. Samuel will finish his term as President-Rector, a role he began in 2007.  His years of work in priestly formation, however, began more than 30 years ago as he ... Continue Reading...
  • Abbey Trails Saturday morning we had the 20th annual Abbey Trails 5K run/2 mile walk.  This year’s event drew a slightly smaller crowd that previous years, probably mostly due to the weather.  The threat of rain may have discouraged casual participants from attending.  While it rained before and after the event, there was only a light rain during ... Continue Reading...

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