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  • More Ask a Monk Videos! I finally finished editing and publishing these last two Ask a Monk videos of Fr. Victor and Br. Michael. This completes 15, I believe, videos total.  I hope you have found them entertaining and insight into our community and the many personalities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzCTn40wzno http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX7Kobgq_bQ Continue Reading...
  • Room Selection There is a lot of excitement as the monks finished choosing which room they will occupy when it is time to move into the newly renovated monastery.  How are the monks choosing rooms?  It is based on seniority.  There were three rounds of room selections. When I mention “rounds” you might equate it with some ... Continue Reading...
  • Ash Wednesday and Monastic Lenten Practices Abbot Gregory presides over Ash Wednesday Mass and the distribution of ashes. As ashes were distributed, each person was marked with the sign of the cross and heard the formula:  “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” There are several different practices that the monks observe for the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday is a Day of Recollection for the monastic ... Continue Reading...
  • Mardi Gras The seminarians hosted their annual Mardi Gras Party this evening.  The theme was “Casino Night.”  The junior class was responsible for organizing the event.  It was a lot of fun and seemed to be a big success.  There was good food, games, and the chance to relax and catch up before Lent begins. Pray for the ... Continue Reading...
  • Vocation Trip On Friday I headed out to attend a couple of vocation events. First, I traveled to Manhattan, Kansas for the Kansas Catholic College Student Convention. There were close to 300 students at the event and I set up a display promoting the monks of Conception Abbey. It was good to see so many Catholic college ... Continue Reading...
  • TET Celebration As the sign indicates below, “TET” is the Vietnamese New Year.  We had a fun celebration on Wednesday afternoon.  The celebration kicked off with a bunch of loud fireworks that were strung up in front of St. Maur Hall.  Afterwards, everyone enjoyed some delicious Vietnamese food.  There was plenty to go around!  This event was ... Continue Reading...
  • Seminary Basketball Conception Seminary College’s basketball team played in the annual seminary basketball tournament at Mundelein (near Chicago).  Last year they finished 3rd overall, but they lost some key players who had graduated. This year the team won one game and lost two.  The more important part was the quality time they enjoyed together and growing in friendship. Dangerous winter conditions delayed ... Continue Reading...
  • February Welcomed with Lots of Snow The snow continues to fall.  It started Saturday afternoon, and the heavy and damp snow now coats the trees and covers campus.  The snow plows are out working in full force to clear our parking lots. I’m hoping to make it safely to my pastoral assignments! ... Continue Reading...
  • Support Our Seminarians Dinner It was a successful evening in Kansas City, at the 22nd Annual Support Our Seminarians (SOS) event.  The proceeds from the dinner and auction benefit Conception Seminary College and the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and Kansas City-St. Joseph. Conception Abbey’s baked good (“Abbey Oven”) were on sale during the event- bread, cookies, and our ... Continue Reading...
  • Monk’s Hobby Part II Fr. Pachomius is our in-house iconographer.  He does a lot of different art work in terms from pen and ink to painting.  In this video he explains his passion for art and making beautiful creations to give glory to God.  More appropriately, he views what he does with art as a calling more than a ... Continue Reading...
  • Moving Right Along After the extensive demolition of the monastery, the renovation seems to be going smoothly.  The contractor says that we should still be ready for a July 1, 2015 move in date.  Within the next month, the monks will pick out their rooms based on seniority.  I am still in favor of having some kind of ... Continue Reading...
  • March for Life Fr. Samuel and I, along with 10 seminarians from Conception Seminary flew to Washington D.C. for March for Life. It was a day of many blessings as we prayed and witnessed for the dignity of life. I was grateful to cross paths with seminary classmates and good friends from Sts. John and Paul parish in ... Continue Reading...
  • Monk’s Hobby I am starting a new video series to focus on different monks and their hobbies.  The written version in Tower Topics is called “By the Work of their Hands.”  In this first video, Br. Etienne talks about his enjoyment of digital photography. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI3F-JCKWDs Continue Reading...
  • Sunset Time Lapse This weekend we welcomed 30 guests for a “Discernment” retreat.  Men and women of all ages and different backgrounds were here to discern God’s will in their lives.  I was co-leader of the retreat along with Karen Ceckowski, who works in our Abbey Guest Center.  I have to admit that I was a little nervous ... Continue Reading...
  • Onward, Renovation! Here are a few updates from the monastery renovation project over the past couple of weeks.  The monastery renovation is on time and should be completed May/June 2015. Above:  Workers brought in a large crane to left some of the heating and cooling equipment (don’t ask me exactly what it is). Above:  West side of the monastery Above: ... Continue Reading...
  • Ask a Monk Videos: Part 3 Back by popular demand, we filmed some more Ask a Monk videos with all new questions! If you missed the first two installments, please be sure to check out the blog postings:   Part 1 and Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViLkzuvmAys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0UjlkBM75c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsE0Hjn7PhM http://youtu.be/zC7JA61rqlc   Continue Reading...
  • Sunrise Time Lapse Before Lauds, I set up the camera to record the sunrise this morning with the time lapse feature.  It turned out pretty well for the first one I have recorded.  I hope to do more videos like this in the future.  It is a cold and windy day at the Abbey. From the rising of the ... Continue Reading...
  • SEEK 2015 After 5 days in Nashville, Tennessee (Jan. 1-5), Br. Maximilian and I returned to the monastery very late at night, or very early in the morning- depending upon how you look at it.  It was 2:45am, so either way, we were completely exhausted and ready for sleep, but incredibly grateful for the past few days. We ... Continue Reading...
  • Nativity Scenes It is the last day of the calendar year, and the monastic community began their Day of Recollection, which concludes after First Vespers of Mary, Mother of God on Wednesday evening.  We have a Holy Hour for World Peace from 3:30-4:30pm on Wednesday as well.  Through our prayers, we place our world in the hands ... Continue Reading...
  • In the Christmas Octave The past few days have been filled with many great blessings and activities.  First of all, let me wish you:  MERRY CHRISTMAS Christmas is always a wonderful time of the year at the Abbey, and we continue to celebrate during this Christmas Octave.  Many familiar guests grace us with their presence during these holy days, including ... Continue Reading...

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