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  • Conception receives $1 million challenge grant in Brothers Living in Unity campaign CONCEPTION, Mo. (February 3, 2020) — To aid Conception in its final push to raise funds for the construction of the new seminary residence hall component of the Brothers Living in Unity campaign, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation has awarded Conception Abbey and Seminary College with a $1 million challenge grant.   The challenge grant outlines ... Continue Reading...
  • Abbot Primate Polan receives McManus Award This news release was originally written by the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. The McManus Award is the highest honor bestowed by the nations’ liturgists and it recognizes significant contributions to furthering the liturgical renewal in the United States. This year, it was, appropriately, presented to Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, OSB — acknowledging his more than ... Continue Reading...
  • Conception receives $2 million gift toward campaign CONCEPTION, Mo. (December 4, 2019) — Conception Abbey and Seminary College have received a $2 million gift toward the Monastic Retirement Endowment component of the Brothers Living in Unity campaign. St. Benedict’s Priory in Benet Lake, Wisconsin, has committed the $2 million gift as a symbol of their reunification with Conception, which took place in ... Continue Reading...
  • Abbot Andrew Garber, OSB, enters eternal rest In the early afternoon of Tuesday, 12 November 2019, our beloved confrere,   Abbot Andrew Garber, OSB,   passed into eternal rest. Abbot Andrew was a Jubilarian of both profession and ordination. He had resided in St. Stephen’s Infirmary at Conception Abbey since his arrival here in 2016 from St. Benedict’s Abbey at Benet Lake WI, when the latter ... Continue Reading...
  • Br. Luke, Br. Matthew, OSB, profess solemn vows CONCEPTION, Mo. – On Saturday, September 7, 2019, Br. Luke Kral, OSB, and Br. Matthew Marie, professed solemn vows as monks of Conception Abbey in the presence of their family, friends, seminarians, and monastic confreres.    In the ceremony, Br. Luke and Br. Matthew made perpetual commitments to live as monks of Conception’s monastery, vowing obedience, stability, ... Continue Reading...
  • Young monks profess simple vows at Conception Abbey CONCEPTION, Mo. — On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Thursday, August 15, 2019, two young men professed simple vows as monks of Conception Abbey in the presence of their family, friends, seminarians, and monastic confreres. For a religious community, receiving a new member is a sign of joy and vitality and ... Continue Reading...
  • Conception Abbey releases past allegations list Abbey joins dioceses in response to Church crisis CONCEPTION, Mo. (August 5, 2019) — Concern for transparency and accountability has prompted many dioceses and religious orders to publish information about members within their groups who have had allegations of sexual abuse of minors made against them.   With that goal, Conception Abbey is providing the names of eight ... Continue Reading...
  • Br. Joseph professes solemn vows as a monk of Conception Abbey VIDEO: Solemn Profession of Monastic Vows for Br. Joseph O’Neill CONCEPTION, Mo. – On the Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter, May 18, 2019, Br. Joseph O’Neill, OSB, professed solemn vows as a monk of Conception Abbey in the presence of his family, friends, seminarians, and his monastic confreres.   In the ceremony, Br. Joseph made a ... Continue Reading...
  • Conception’s Abbey Trails welcomes more than 250 participants Conception, Mo. – The 24th annual Abbey Trails 5K Run / 2-Mile walk brought guests from near and far to Conception Abbey on Saturday, May 4 to celebrate health and wellness.   Saturday morning was cool, clear and brisk, creating perfect weather for more than 250 participants, an increase of about 25 from 2018.   The 5K course began at the ... Continue Reading...
  • Living Easter Joy We all have that one friend that cannot keep a surprise party a secret. We can think of someone who prematurely yells out “Surprise!” several seconds too soon, before an unsuspecting birthday guest is able to turn on the light switch and reveal a roomful of his or her closest friends. In some ways, today’s culture ... Continue Reading...
  • Conception unifies apostolic works under new brand CONCEPTION, Mo. — The monks of Conception Abbey have been living, working, and praying in the rolling farmlands of northwest Missouri for 145 years. Our roots within the Benedictine tradition are strong and run deep. Over time, Conception’s apostolic works within the Abbey, Seminary College, Abbey Guest Center, and The Printery House have flourished. As is ... Continue Reading...
  • Fr. Aquinas professes solemn vows as a monk of Conception Abbey VIDEO: Solemn Profession of Monastic Vows for Fr. Aquinas Keusenkothen CONCEPTION, Mo. – On the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Saturday, February 2, Fr. Aquinas Keusenkothen, OSB, professed solemn vows as a monk of Conception Abbey in the presence of his family, friends, seminarians, and his monastic confreres.   In the ceremony, Fr. Aquinas made a ... Continue Reading...
  • Pray Like a Monk Not everyone is called to monastic life, so hopefully you can now take a deep sigh of relief. However, everyone is called to focus on the same goal for which the monks of Conception Abbey strive, namely, eternal life in heaven. This summer I was able to spend a few days visiting my family in ... Continue Reading...
  • Brother Stephen Cardinal, O.S.B., enters eternal rest On Tuesday morning, 11 September 2018, between the Offices of Vigils and Lauds, the monastic community of Conception Abbey was informed of the unexpected death of our beloved confrere,   Brother Stephen Cardinal, O.S.B. Late the night before, Brother Stephen had suffered a fall in his room in the monastery. Through the evening he had been present at ... Continue Reading...
  • Brother Jeremiah Tuttle, O.S.B., enters eternal rest In the hours before dawn on Wednesday 5 September 2018, our beloved confrere,   Brother Jeremiah Tuttle, O.S.B., heeding the call of the Lord to set aside the cares of this life, passed unburdened into the joys of heaven. Brother Jeremiah came to monastic life in his mid-forties; prior to this he worked in counseling and rehabilitation. During ... Continue Reading...
  • Conception Abbey welcomes novices into monastic community CONCEPTION, Mo. – “Come, Follow Me.” Just as Jesus once spoke this invitation to his Apostles, three young men discerned that God was leading them to try monastic life at Conception Abbey. The monks of Conception Abbey clothed with the monastic habit and scapular three new novices on Tuesday, August 14. These candidates, Cole Johnson, Casey ... Continue Reading...
  • Conception’s fifteenth-century book collection attracts binding expert Conception, Mo. – A floor above the Conception Abbey and Seminary College library’s extensive collection sits a small, well-lit “rare book room.” The room houses around 3,000 unique and historical books, and among those is a small collection of 59 books from the 15th century. Books printed in Europe before 1501 are known as incunables. “Incunable” ... Continue Reading...
  • Father Denis Dougherty, O.S.B., enters eternal rest On Saturday, 28 April 2018, at 7:48 a.m., our beloved confrere, Father Denis Dougherty, O.S.B., succumbed to a fairly sudden convergence of numerous physical circumstances that had brought him to the hospital twice in recent weeks. At age 89, Father Denis was still the very active and much-beloved pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Springfield, Missouri. In ... Continue Reading...
  • Language, Culture, Church program celebrates 20 years Now in its 20th year, the Language Culture, Church (LCC) program, and director Sr. Maria Armijo, S.F.C.C., have become an institution at Conception. Not only does the program provide a niche opportunity for its students, it also enhances cultural mindfulness on the Conception Seminary College (CSC) campus. CSC’s LCC program began in 1998 with Sr. Maria, who ... Continue Reading...
  • Conception Abbey offers Holy Week prayer times The Benedictine Monks of Conception Abbey in Conception, Missouri, invite you to join them in celebrating the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord. Please see the Holy Week schedule below: Holy Thursday 11:00 AM   Reconciliation Service 7:00 PM     Mass of the Lord’s Supper Eucharistic Adoration until Midnight Good Friday 7:50 AM     Morning Prayer 11:45 ... Continue Reading...

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