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  • Conception Abbey Guest Center will offer new “Days of Reflection” Something new is happening at the Conception Abbey Guest Center. Starting this fall, we will offer a series of Days of Reflection retreats facilitated mostly by Fr. Donald Gibbs, OSB. Each “Day of Reflection” will center on a different topic of spirituality or liturgical season. Starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m., each ... Continue Reading...
  • Three men enter novitiate at Conception Abbey On Monday, August 14, 2017, the novice master Fr. Xavier Nacke, OSB, led the three postulants from the entrance of the Abbey Basilica to the altar where they were met with this question: “What is your request?” Standing before Abbot Benedict Neenan, OSB, and in the presence of the entire monastic community, the three postulants ... Continue Reading...
  • Conception Abbey hosts Benedictine monks congress Monks of the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation gather at Conception Abbey The Forty-Sixth General Chapter of the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation was held at Conception Abbey this year. The triennial meeting, attended by thirty-two abbots and delegates from the thirteen monasteries forming the congregation, began on Thursday, June 22, and concluded on Sunday, June 25. The Swiss-American Benedictine ... Continue Reading...
  • Br. Etienne ordained to the Holy Priesthood at Conception Abbey Joy overflowed from Conception Abbey’s Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday evening, May 18 as the monastic community, family, and friends of Fr. Etienne Huard, OSB celebrated his ordination to the priesthood. Abbot Benedict Neenan, OSB, Abbot of Conception Abbey, presented Fr. Etienne for the rite of ordination which was administered by retired Archbishop Jerome ... Continue Reading...
  • Health and wellness central focus of Abbey Trails 2017 at Conception Abbey Conception, Mo. – 163 participants came to the 22nd Abbey Trails 5K Run/2-Mile Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, May 6 to run with the monks of Conception Abbey and support health and wellness in the local community. This year’s event drew 72 for the 5K Run and 91 for the 2-Mile Walk. Seth Arnold of ... Continue Reading...
  • What Is Monastic Life For A Catholic Monk? What does monastic life for Catholic monks look like?  Using Chapter 48 of his Rule as a guide, St. Benedict outlines the daily schedule of prayer and work for his monks. The monastic horarium, or schedule, is the heartbeat of the monastic community. It is the structure in which the monastery functions as an institution and punctuates the ... Continue Reading...
  • Run with the monks of Conception Abbey at Abbey Trails 2017 Abbey Trails 2017 5K Run/2 Mile Walk to be held May 6 Conception, Mo – Run with the monks of Conception Abbey at the 22nd Annual Abbey Trails 5K Run/2-Mile Walk & Health Fair on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at Conception Abbey and Conception Seminary College, Conception, Mo. Find out more on our Facebook ... Continue Reading...
  • Lenten Retreats at Conception Abbey With the holy season of Lent upon us, it is a great time to think of special things you can do to help make this time in the Church year fruitful. The Conception Abbey Guest Center has prepared a series of Lenten retreats and days of recollection during this time as we journey to our ... Continue Reading...
  • Father Aidan Enters Eternal Rest Early in the morning of Monday, 20 February 2017, our beloved confrere Father Aidan McSorley, OSB, a monk of Conception Abbey, Conception, MO, entered his eternal reward at the age of 75. Father Aidan was a jubilarian of monastic profession. Having suffered from type 2 diabetes for much of his adult life, Father Aidan’s health had ... Continue Reading...
  • Learning About Religious Vocational Discernment It is very easy to be stressed during the process of religious vocational discernment. High school and college students find it especially tough. Some Catholics can take years figuring out what they feel God’s will is for them. Breaking down what religious vocational discernment is so that it can be seen in a new light ... Continue Reading...
  • Monk professes first monastic vows Monk professes first vows at Conception Abbey On February 2, 2017, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Fr. Stephen Keusenkothen professed temporary vows as a Benedictine monk of Conception Abbey. Fr. Stephen was presented to Abbot Benedict by, Bro. Jacob Kubajak, OSB and made his formal declaration to be received into vows. Abbot Benedict proceeded ... Continue Reading...
  • Bishop blesses new abbot Benedict Neenan blessed as the new abbot of Conception Abbey Abbot Benedict Neenan, OSB was blessed as the tenth abbot of Conception Abbey by the Most Rev. Bishop James V. Johnston of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Surrounded by his brother monks, family, friends, employees, and guests Abbot Benedict graciously ... Continue Reading...
  • #GivingTuesday A Huge Success #GivingTuesday event at Conception Abbey continues to grow Conception, Mo. – Well over 100 people gathered to give back to those in need at the annual #GivingTuesday community event hosted at Conception Abbey on Tuesday, November 29. #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement that celebrates and encourages giving. “Our community kicks off the holiday season unlike any other ... Continue Reading...
  • Tower Choir to perform Dec. 4 at Conception Abbey Northwest Missouri State University’s Tower Choir will present a concert next month at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Conception Abbey to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its dedication and the memory of the late Father Timothy Schoen, O.S.B. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. ... Continue Reading...
  • Fr. Benedict Elected Abbot Fr. Benedict Neenan elected 10th abbot of Conception Abbey Fr. Benedict Neenan, O.S.B. was elected as the new abbot of the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey, Conception, Mo. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. He becomes the 10th abbot in Conception Abbey’s 143-year history, succeeding Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B., who was elected Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation ... Continue Reading...
  • #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday event to help local families in need Conception, Mo. – A Partnership between Conception Abbey and Tri-C Partners 4 Progress hopes to make Christmas morning a little brighter for local families. Ten families will be the recipients’ of this year’s collections on #GivingTuesday, November 29. While #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement to celebrate and encourage ... Continue Reading...
  • Abbot Gregory Elected Abbot Primate Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B. Elected Abbot Primate of Benedictine Confederation On September 10, 2016, Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B., of Conception Abbey, Conception, Mo., was elected Abbot Primate of the 1500-year-old Benedictine Order at the Congress of Abbots meeting in Rome, Italy held every four years. As head of the Benedictine Confederation, Abbot Gregory will be the unifying ... Continue Reading...
  • Organ Concert to be Held at Conception Abbey An organ concert entitled “A Benedictine Liturgical Year” will be held at Conception Abbey at 8PM Thursday, June 2, 2016 in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Conception Abbey is happy to host Br. Dunstan Townsend, OSB of the Companions St. Luke for a recital of works by Benedictine composers ranging from the 16th to 21st ... Continue Reading...
  • Br. Etienne Ordained to the Diaconate On Thursday May 19, 2016, Br. Etienne Huard, OSB, was ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop James V. Johnston of the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. Witnessed by his brother monks, family, and friends, it was a truly joyful occasion for all as Br. Etienne takes the final step before his priestly ... Continue Reading...
  • Abbey Basilica Celebrates 125 Years Abbey Basilica Celebrates 125 Years On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the monks of Conception Abbey celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Construction of the Basilica began in 1881 and was completed with the dedication on May 10 of 1891. Raised to the status of a minor basilica by ... Continue Reading...

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