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  • 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...
  • Abbey Trails 2016 Check out your Abbey Trails 2016 finish times here! 21st Annual Abbey Trails a Success Conception Abbey & Seminary College welcomed 196 registrants Saturday, May 7th to the 21st Annual Abbey Trails 5K Run/2 Mile Walk and Health Fair. This year’s event drew 90 people for the two-mile walk and 73 for the run. Participants enjoyed a ... Continue Reading...
  • Tower Topics – Spring 2016 Check out the latest issue of Tower Topics!     Continue Reading...
  • Fr. Timothy Enters Eternal Rest At 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, 2 March 2016, our beloved confrere, Father Timothy Schoen, O.S.B., passed unexpectedly into eternity.  Earlier in the evening, Father Timothy had informed our Infirmary staff that he was having difficulty breathing.  He was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of the Mosaic Life Center in St. Joseph, MO, where efforts to ... Continue Reading...
  • Aerial Video from the Abbey The monks of Conception Abbey used a drone with video camera to capture these stunning shots of campus. Even during late January and early February the campus reflects God’s beauty. Please pray for vocations.  Continue Reading...
  • Celebrating Christmas A behind-the-scenes look at the preparations and celebration of Christmas at Conception Abbey.   Continue Reading...
  • Monks Give Thanks Continue Reading...
  • Novice Eric Becomes Brother Luke August 15- After spending one year in the novitiate, where he discerned and tested his vocation to monastic life, Novice Eric professed first vows in the presence of family, friends, and his monastic brothers.  It was a powerful ceremony as Abbot Gregory bestowed upon Novice Eric the name “Luke”, under the patronage of the Evangelist St. ... Continue Reading...
  • Forming Future Priests The monks of Conception Abbey discuss their mission in forming future priests, a task they have been involved in since 1886.   Continue Reading...

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