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  • Decorating for Christmas The monks began decorating the monastery and dining room yesterday.  Some of the monks spent the morning and afternoon decorating such spaces as the dining room, the community room, St. Raphael Hall, and they began assembling the crib in the Basilica. Monday evening the monks had a special social hour where they placed ornaments on the ... Continue Reading...
  • For those in Need After our very successful Giving Tuesday event, where many people contributed their time and treasure in providing for families in need, we were ready for the next step:  Deliver the goods! Five of us from the Abbey (including three monks) traveled to Maryville to visit with the families and bring them the gifts that aimed to ... Continue Reading...
  • It’s Beginning to Feel a lot like Christmas The monks began the “O Antiphons” yesterday evening at Vespers. The O Antiphons are ancient liturgical texts used at Evening Prayer of the last seven days of Advent. Each of them is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom) December 18: O Adonai (O Lord) December 19: O Radix ... Continue Reading...
  • Renovation Continues I took some monastery renovation pictures a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t get around to posting them.  It was around Thanksgiving time when the monks on mission were back home for a few days and they were offered a tour of the monastery.  I hope to get more renovation pictures in the days ahead, ... Continue Reading...
  • Ask a Monk Videos: Part 2 Here is the second installment of the #AskaMonk videos.  If you missed the first set, you can check them out here:  Ask a Monk part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3l_-AKOPcY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tad5eUt6t0U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxMnKP_ai0k http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TP7ZSEybQI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EADWni73PTM Continue Reading...
  • Seminary Events On Monday some of the seminarians wanted to take their annual Christmas picture.  I took a picture for them last year, which was in the style of an “Awkward Family photo.”  The seminarians donned some pretty hideous sweaters and sent out the cards to family and friends.  This year they wanted to wear cassocks and ... Continue Reading...
  • Immaculate Conception Today we celebrated our titular feast day, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The mural of the Immaculate Conception dominates the apse of the Basilica. Below:  Seminarians and monks line up for the procession at the beginning of Mass. Below:  Abbot Gregory presides at Eucharist on this special feast day. Outside it was ... Continue Reading...
  • Ask a Monk Videos: Part 1 We started a new series of videos called “Ask a Monk.”  Different monks of Conception Abbey are asked a series of successive questions to which they are expected to give a quick response.  The questions give insight into the monk’s preferences, likes, and interests.  Enjoy these first four videos, and feel free to share them ... Continue Reading...
  • Giving Back Yesterday evening Conception Abbey hosted its first #GivingTuesday event.  On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world came together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Conception Abbey accepted and wrapped Christmas gifts of clothing, toys, and other presents to give to underprivileged families.  Monks, employees, ... Continue Reading...
  • The Year of Consecrated Life It was a beautiful weekend at the Abbey as we move into the Advent Season, a season characterized by waiting for the coming of Christ.  There is also great excitement at the Abbey as we inaugurate the Year of Consecrated Life.  Pope Francis has called this year as a time for a renewal and recognizing ... Continue Reading...
  • Rejoice and Give Thanks The past few days have been filled with many activities:  Community meetings, celebrations, and a festive meal.  The monks of Conception Abbey have many things for which we are thankful. Below:  Abbot Gregory leads the community in a series of meetings and discussions. Below:  Fr. Macario keeps his head warm with an interesting looking hat as ... Continue Reading...
  • Blog: 1 Year Anniversary The blog started on this day in 2013. And, here we are, one year later. These days are ideal for a blog about the monastery and monastic life, because there are certainly plenty of activities going on.  The seminarians leave for Thanksgiving vacation after their last morning class.  I’m certain they are excited to get home ... Continue Reading...
  • Freshman Talent Night Last night’s Freshman Talent Night was very entertaining.  The Freshman class of Conception Seminary worked hard to put together a show that featured songs, skits, dance, impersonations, and several videos.  This year’s theme was “Saturday Night Live.”  Seminarians, monks, and faculty attended the event which lasted just over one hour.  The event offers the opportunity ... Continue Reading...
  • Morning Ministry I had Mass at 7:30am for the Benedictine Sisters of Clyde all week long.  Just about every day I had to scrape ice off of the car in the morning.  It was a cold week!   Below:  The best thing about being out and about in the morning–Sunrise! Below:  Clyde still has one of the most beautiful chapels. Continue Reading...
  • Camino Presentation My 200th Blog Post! Yesterday evening, Novice Joseph gave a presentation on his experience hiking the Way of St. James Pilgrimage across Spain (Camino de Santiago), which he walked with his brother in the fall of 2012.  He provided a slideshow, shared his stories, offered spiritual insights, and answer our questions about the Camino. It was an engaging presentation, ... Continue Reading...
  • Snow Again While the temperatures fell on Tuesday of last week, the snow fell on Saturday morning.  There is something magically and nostalgic about the first substantial snow, but the fairytale feelings quickly went away when I was brushing snow off of the car Sunday morning before Mass. I am assigned this week to have Mass for the ... Continue Reading...
  • The Chill The best way to stay warm these days is to stay busy.  Everyone is still getting used to the cold weather, it came on rather quickly. Yesterday evening we had another beautiful sunset.  I took the picture out of my window on the 5th floor of St. Joseph Hall. The other day I had finished all that ... Continue Reading...
  • First Snow? Yesterday at 2:45pm it was 70 degrees outside.  Later that night it was 31 degrees. No thank you.  I was not ready for that. Knowing that it was going to get colder today, I went out yesterday for what might be my last bike ride outside for the season.  It was comfortable, but a bit windy.  However, ... Continue Reading...
  • Encounter Weekend This past weekend was our Encounter with God’s Call weekend.  Conception Seminary College invited a record-breaking 115 young men to “come and see” the seminary, visit with the seminarians, and hear a series of talks.  Never before have we had over 100 young men for an Encounter, which are held once in the fall and once in ... Continue Reading...
  • Fall Production Every Fall semester, Br. Cyprian and the seminarians of Conception Seminary put on a play in St. Michael’s Gymnasium.  This year Conception Seminary College presents, “Murder at the Goon Show,” by Douglas Winters.  A most hilarious comedy-spoof-murder mystery in two acts.  They work long hours in order for the show to come together.  I watched ... Continue Reading...

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