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  • Refectory Art: Part II The monastic refectory has some new art on the east wall, which will be behind the head table.  Two Beuronese-style murals, in color, now complement the monochrome murals that were recently restored.  The refectory is turning out to be very beautiful and an appropriate communal gathering space. Below:  Restored monochrome murals  Above and Below:  New murals- The ... Continue Reading...
  • All the Colors of Spring Adequate rain and sunshine has brought out these beautiful colors. Continue Reading...
  • Restoring the Refectory Art Evergreene Architectural Arts of New York (the company that restored our murals in the basilica) will restore the Beuronese murals in the refectory and add several new murals in both the refectory and the chapter room.  They have also advised the community in applying decorations around the walls of those same rooms and around some doorways ... Continue Reading...
  • Springtime We have had plenty of rain lately to nourish the flowers and trees.  We have a little more color on campus, which helps a lot. Continue Reading...
  • Card Party at the Abbey Saturday evening we hosted a group of eight couples who live around the Abbey.  All of them are parishioners at St. Columba’s in Conception Junction.  Many from the group get together regularly to have supper and play cards, so I decided to host them at the monastery.  We played in the Alumni Union in St. ... Continue Reading...
  • Renovation Update The monastery renovation is progressing well.  I anticipate that we will see some rapid and dramatic changes during the next couple of months.  The monks are still planning on a July 1 move-in date.     Above:  Monastery courtyard with new sidewalk Below:  New stairwell on the northeast side of the monastery    Below:  Br. Blaise and Br. Thomas taking a ... Continue Reading...
  • Sioux City Vocation Night Fr. Guerric and I traveled to Sioux City, Iowa to speak to their youth group about consecrated life. Two Divine Mercy Sisters from Massachusetts were also there to talk about their life.  The group had excellent questions for us and I wish we had more time to answer them all.  The evening concluded with Adoration, and Fr. ... Continue Reading...
  • In the Light of the Resurrection Happy Easter!  Alleluia! The seminarians are away on Easter Vacation and the monastic community is enjoying a peaceful and cheerful Easter Octave. Tonight the Benedictine Sisters from Clyde will join us for Evening Prayer and supper- a long held tradition.  All week long the monks will have a 3:00pm gathering with appetizers and a time to celebrate ... Continue Reading...
  • Easter Preparations It takes the coordination and help of many people in order to put together one of the most beautiful Easter Vigils around.  The Vigil at Conception Abbey begins in complete darkness and silence at 4:30am Easter Sunday.  The Easter fire is lit outside in front of the Basilica. This afternoon the Sacristan, Br. Bernard, was getting ... Continue Reading...
  • Triduum Today we begin the Paschal Triduum as we journey toward the joy of Easter.  This year I will help out with the liturgies at the Newman Center at Northwest Missouri State.  We have many people join us at the monastery for the Triduum.  Guests are always welcome to join the monks for prayer.  In fact, ... Continue Reading...
  • The Cornhusker State This past weekend I traveled to Nebraska for a junior high and high school youth event.  The event was in Kearney at the Catholic High School.  The event was called “Going Bananas for Jesus.”  I guess the title has some kind of history to it, which I only received part of the story.  They did, ... Continue Reading...
  • Joyful News It was a dreary and rainy day, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.  For the monks of Conception Abbey, it was a joyful day.  Not only were we able to celebrate the Annunciation of the Lord, but this morning we also received a new member to our monastic community. Luke Downing (Wichita, Kansas) was received as ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastic Humor This past weekend we welcomed 3 men for our Monastic Experience Weekend.  It was great to have these guests especially as we celebrated the Feast of St. Benedict on Saturday.  Bishop Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo was the celebrant and homilist.  Please continue to pray for vocations. Fr. Macario and I worked on a ... Continue Reading...
  • Seminary Open-House Every year on the respective Feast Days (or “Namesdays”) of their buildings, the seminarians have their open-house.  Each building is named after a saint, so on the Feast of St. Michael (September 29), the freshmen and sophomores have open-house in St. Michael’s Hall. This year, the monks are occupying St. Joseph Hall, which is normally the ... Continue Reading...
  • March Madness Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the Irish (and all who wish they were Irish). We have a nice line-up of great saints this week:  St. Patrick, St. Joseph (March 19), and St. Benedict (March 21).  We celebrate the “passing” or “transitus” of St. Benedict as our solemnity, which is this Saturday. Yesterday evening, even after ... Continue Reading...
  • Coffee Shop Night It is the middle of March.  The seminarians put on their annual seminary talent night, also known as, “Coffee Shop Night.”  The evening of entertainment featured a variety of acts featuring seminarians and monks:  comedy skits, musical acts, and even videos.  It is a nice time for the Abbey and Seminary community to gather and ... Continue Reading...
  • Anniversaries and Announcements Our confrere, Fr. Anthony, celebrates his 75th anniversary of monastic profession on this day.  He was born on August 21, 1921, professed in 1940, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1964. Congratulations, Fr. Anthony! In other news, it was announced recently that Fr. Brendan Moss of St. Meinrad Archabbey will serve as the new ... Continue Reading...
  • Shedding Light on it Yesterday evening we had a beautiful sunset. I was out front just as the sun was setting to catch these great pictures. We continue to enjoy weather that is in the 60’s. It looks like it should be highs in the 60s or 70s in to the weekend.   Below: Beautiful light and shadows in the Basilica. ... Continue Reading...
  • Feeling like Spring The weather is into the 60’s this weekend, and should stay there for the rest of the week.  Everyone is enjoying this weather after a rather dismal February.  The seminarians are enjoying an off-campus weekend and the monks are enjoying the quiet time and beautiful weather.  There are several guests here this weekend, including a ... Continue Reading...
  • Monastic Life Talk I was invited to speak at St. Theresa’s parish in North Kansas City. I spoke about the year of consecrated life and monastic life at conception Abby. It was a very good experience with nice parishioners who showed me hospitality. Continue Reading...

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