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  • 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...
  • O Antiphons During this season of Advent, we have been preparing ourselves for Christ’s Coming at Christmas.  As Christmas approaches, the monks take part in the Church’s long tradition of the “O Antiphons.”  The O Antiphons are ancient liturgical texts used at Evening Prayer of the last seven days of Advent. Each of them is a name ... Continue Reading...
  • The Year of Consecrated Life Pope Francis has declared 2015 to be The Year of Consecrated Life, which begins with the first Sunday of Advent. The monks of Conception Abbey will continue offering heartfelt prayers for the needs of the Church and the world. We also ask you to join us in praying specifically for vocations to Conception Abbey, ... Continue Reading...
  • Tri-C Celebration Conception Abbey hosted the Tri-C Celebration (the communities of Conception, Conception Junction, and Clyde) on Sunday, September 28.  It started with the annual Lollipop Parade at 12:30pm, traveling from the St. John Paul II Recreation Center to the Basilica Parking Lot. The “100 year after” Community picture was taken in front of the Abbey Basilica at ... Continue Reading...
  • Two Men Enter the Novitiate Eric Kral and Joseph Fussner entered the novitiate today in a ceremony this afternoon in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Members of the community gathered for this joyful occasion, chanting verses of Psalm 84 as Br. Bernard, the Novicemaster, led the two novices-to-be to the altar, where they made their petition. Continue Reading...
  • Fr. Joachim Schieber passes away Fr. Joachim Schieber, O.S.B., a Benedictine priest of Conception Abbey, died at 5:25 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.  Fr. Joachim was the oldest monk of the Abbey.  He professed vows on August 30, 1939, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 23, 1944.  He was the last monk to have ever met our ... Continue Reading...
  • Br. Etienne Professes Solemn Vows Today, in the presence of his family, friends, seminarians, and his monastic confreres, Br. Etienne Huard professed solemn vows as a monk of Conception Abbey.  In the ceremony, Br. Etienne made a perpetual commitment to live as a monk of our monastery, vowing obedience, stability, and conversion of life.  As you can imagine, this is ... Continue Reading...
  • The Printery House Launches A New Program: CalebCare The story of The Printery House’s new program, CalebCare, was picked up by our local television station in St. Joseph, Kq2. View the video above or visit their website at, http://www.stjoechannel.com/story/greeting-card-makers-hope-to-inspire-the-sick-with/d/story/b-6ITztkW0q480pLZENulQ. The CalebCare program is a new take on the traditional “Get Well Soon” card; it is for the terminally or progressively ill. It is in these ... Continue Reading...
  • The Printery House Celebrates 60 Years! The Printery House is one of Conception Abbey’s many apostolates, and this year they’re celebrating 60 years of spreading the word through Christian greeting cards and gifts. To learn more about The Printery House and their work watch the video above or click here, Gospel and Greeting Cards, to read their recent article in Rural Missourian! Continue Reading...

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