Basketball Team Places 3rd

Conception Seminary's Sons of Thunder Place 3rd in the
Mundelein Seminary Basketball Tournament

Basketball

On Friday evening, in their first game of the tournament, the Sons of Thunder squared off against the Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus, Ohio).  Any observant fan would notice that Conception’s team was not nearly as tall as most of the other seminaries, but what they lacked in height, they made up for with their quickness and smothering defense.  Conception got off to a slow start, trailing 7-1 in the first few minutes of play, but it did not take long for them to warm up.  They quickly rallied with a series of steals and fast breaks in order to defeat Josephinum, 38-23.  Conception played their second game of the night against St. Joseph’s Seminary (St. Benedict, Louisiana).  Again, the Sons of Thunder forced turnovers on defense and converted the turnovers into points in a 31-18 victory.

After playing two games within three hours, Conception Seminary’s team was not scheduled to play again until Saturday evening.  Call it “rust” or “lethargy,” but the same Sons of Thunder team did not show up to play in their third game against Sacred Heart Seminary (Detroit, Michigan).  Sacred Heart dominated the offensive boards and shot the ball consistently throughout the game.  Even a late rally by the Sons of Thunder was not enough to take the lead, as Conception lost in a heartbreaker, 24-19.

Though their hopes of a three-peat were dashed, Coach Skip Shear told them to finish strong in their final game Sunday morning against Holy Cross (Notre Dame, Indiana), where if they found a win, they would place third overall.  Conception shook off Saturday’s loss and came out playing strong in the final game.  More seminarians on the team made their way into the rotation from the bench and they contributed to several of the points as Conception Seminary College cruised to a 30-17 victory, successfully bringing home the third place trophy.

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Bball

Seminary Basketball Scrimmage

Conception Seminary's two year defending Championship basketball team scrimmages against a local men's team in preparation for the Mundelein Seminary Basketball Tournament, January 24-26.  For more pictures, please visit Conception Seminary on Facebook.

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13th Annual Abbey Trails

It was a comfortably cool morning for the 13th annual Abbey Trails Run/Walk. This year’s event drew a crowd of 242 participants:  109 runners and 133 walkers.  A sea of color from the various types of exercise clothing, from sleek running shorts and a short sleeve shirt, to blue jeans and a sweatshirt, filled St. Raphael Hall as they anticipated the nine o’clock start.  The registration line led out the door as the staff efficiently distributed the numbered bibs to each participant.  Some of the runners stretched their legs; others visited with one another or perused the gift shop for a bargain buy.

The windmills turned, not an unusual sight around Conception, but fortunately for the runners, the headwind was on the first length of the race, thus ensuring an easier return trek after the turnaround point.  The cooler weather was favorable for the runners who inevitably would work up a sweat along the 5K (3.1 mile) route. 

The recent rains affected the walking trail, leaving the normal trails through the picturesque grounds rather waterlogged and muddy throughout most of the course.  The two-mile path had to be rerouted and confined to the roads and sidewalks.  That did not stop the walkers from enjoying themselves.  Most of them walked in groups and talked as they made their laps around the campus.

Finishing first overall for the men was Jesse Sewell of Maryville, MO completing the course in a time of 17:44. First for the women was Sarah Regan of Platte City, MO crossing the finish line in a time of 22:15.

Brunch was served in a crowded St. Michael’s Gymnasium following the event.  The award ceremony took place shortly thereafter, where the top three competitors from each category were awarded a medal.  This year’s event raised a generous $4,893.10.  The proceeds from Abbey Trails go toward Conception Seminary College’s wellness program

CSC Soccer/Volleyball Weekend a Success!

 Soccer

In today’s increasingly iconoclastic world, the fact that a young man would willingly choose to give certain things up in order to whole-heartedly follow a life in service of others can be surprising. Out of love—for God and for the people of God—seminarians on the path to the priesthood forsake the things of which society tells them they should be getting as much as they can. And they hear about it too: from friends, from strangers, the media, and sometimes even family. Even though the love of Christ urges them on, sometimes it’s good to know you’re not alone.

This past weekend at Conception Seminary College, the soccer field and volleyball court provided the meeting grounds for seminarians from across the Midwest to come together. Six seminary schools participated in the annual soccer/volleyball competition:  Conception Seminary College (Conception, MO), Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary (Denton, NE), St. Gregory the Great Seminary (Seward, NE), St. John Vianney Seminary (St. Paul, MN), St. Joseph Seminary (Chicago, IL), and Mundelein Seminary (Mundelein, IL).

While Friday's rain left the two soccer fields more than a little saturated, the teams of seminarians who had traveled for hours were not about to allow a wet field to ruin the weekend.

After two rounds of play on the soccer field, Conception Seminary and Mundelein Seminary won both of their games and faced off in Sunday morning’s championship game.  The game was an exciting battle with both teams playing well. At the end of regulation, the score was a deadlock tie at 1-1. That meant one thing: the notorious shootout—what every soccer fan loves to watch.  With the other seminarians looking on, CSC buried kick after kick into the net, with team captain Mitchell Simpson knocking in the game winner. Star goalie, Alex Urena, made a couple saves that were enough for Conception Seminary to secure 1st place in the tournament.

Saturday night's round-robin volleyball tournament was quite exciting as well. CSC's volleyball team fought their way to the championship game, being the only team to remain undefeated (4-0) heading into the final game. CSC showcased their teamwork, but their disadvantage was height. With the other games behind them, the championship game against Mundelein was the only one that mattered in the end. Mundelein out played them from the outset and Conception had to find a way to fight back from a 17-4 deficit. Amazingly CSC came back to tie the game at 29-29 in a series of well-placed shots and consistent play. It looked like they were on the verge of an upset and a storybook ending, but Mundelein answered with textbook volleyball, utilizing the height of their front players to finish the job. Much credit goes to Mundelein for their play and sportsmanship, as the CSC Volleyball team settled for 2nd place in a tough 31-33 loss.

As you might imagine, the annual Soccer/Volleyball weekend was much more than sports. It gave everyone an opportunity to meet, visit and socialize with other seminarians from different parts of the country and even different nations. The bonds of fraternity were strengthened and everyone walked away from the fields of play with the satisfaction of knowing they’re not alone in the life they have chosen—a life for God, a life of service. Click "read more" for more pictures.

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The Thunder Cup

The Thunder Cup:  Soccer and Volleyball Tournament

On Saturday, October 12th, Conception Seminary hosted its annual soccer and volleyball tournament.  Named, "The Thunder Cup," this annual tournament invites seminaries throughout the midwest to travel to Conception Seminary for several competitive games of soccer and volleyball.  This year six seminaries participated in the event.  Conception Seminary College defended its soccer title by taking 1st place, but they feel to St. Meinrad in the volleyball championship game and settled for 2nd.

Above:  Conception Seminary College poses with their 1st place trophy

Above:  Conception Seminary College "Sons of Thunder" take 2nd place in the 2013 Thunder Cup

Below:  St. Meinrad edges CSC and becomes the 2013 Thunder Cup Champions

Dr. Ralph Martin Lecture

Dr. Ralph Martin discusses the New Evangelization

Dr. Ralph Martin is the  president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization.

He  is also the Director of Graduate Theology Programs in The New Evangelization and an associate professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

He is the author of the recent bestseller Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization. He has also authored of The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints as well as other books and CDS on the spiritual life and the lives of the saints.

He spoke to the Conception Seminary College seminarians and faculty on the New Evangelization, emphasizing the need to renew the culture and provide Catholics with a deeper experience of their faith.

Dr. Ralph Martin

Dr. Martin speaks

Dr. Martin

Dr. Martin signs his book

Library Open House 2013

On Wednesday, August 28th, the Library hosted an open house for students and faculty.
To view more photos from the Library Open House, click here.

CSC Family Weekend

Family Weekend- September 21-22

Conception Seminary College welcomed numerous family members of our seminarians for the annual family weekend.  There was a great turnout, and no one could have asked for better weather.

Below:  Family members gather for an outdoor reception; Sunday Eucharist procession

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Family Weekend

Fall Colors at Conception

Below are some pictures taken by Br. Paul Sheller of the beautiful trees and sights around campus this fall.

 

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 St. Maur Hall St. Maur Hall 
 Basilica Leaves 
 Monastery Monastery color effects 
 Monastery color accent Tree 

 

  

All Souls' Day Procession

On Sunday afternoon, November 3rd, the monks, seminarians and guests had a cemetery procession in honor of all the faithful departed for All Souls' Day.

 

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Photos courtesy of seminarian J.B. Kelly 

Companion Camp

Conception Abbey and Seminary College Hosts Weekend Camp

June 14-16, 2013

Junior high and high school boys participated in a multitude of team building activities and games during the annual Companion Camp.  A record number nineteen high school students assisted as part of this year's camp staff, as they arrived on Thursday, June 13th, a day earlier in order to prepare for the weekend campers.  Fr. Paul Sheller served as Camp Director alongside Novice Jonathan Pund, this year's Camp Co-Director.  Seminarians and monks worked as team leaders and planned the numerous activities ranging from the ever favorite dodgeball, to relay races, water balloon toss and fight, Nerf gun battles, and a number of ice breaker activities and group and individual games.  In the calmer moments, all gathered for morning and evening prayer, culminating in a Holy Hour and Reconcilation service on Saturday evening.  This year's campers traveled largely from the Dioceses of Dodge City, Kansas and Grand Island, Nebraska.  The annual camp aims to promote greater Catholic identity among young people through fellowship and fun, and to provide more awareness for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  While it was an action-packed and exhausting weekend for those in charge, the campers enjoyed every moment of it and were already commenting, "We cannot wait until next year!"

Fr. Patrick Cummins Lecture

The Patrick Cummins lecture series was founded in honor of Father Patrick Cummins, a monk of Conception Abbey, who served in a variety of capacities, but earned his reputation as a well-renowned Scripture scholar. It is in his honor and name that a different speaker is selected each year to give a lecture to the monks, seminarians and guests of Conception Abbey and Seminary College.

This year’s guest speaker was Rabbi Alan Cohen. Rabbi Cohen has 35 years of experience as rabbi in various congregations from Florida, to South Carolina, to Kansas City. For the last 19 years, he has served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Kansas City, and most recently moved to Overland Park. Rabbi Cohen was accompanied on this occasion by his wife, Linda Cohen.

Rabbi Cohen was asked to address the seminarians on what he would like them to know about Judaism. He spoke about the history of Jewish-Christian relations and how the dialogue has really made miraculous progress. He emphasized our common ground, quoting Pope John Paul II’s comment referring to the Jewish community as our “elder brothers and sisters.” He affirmed that the dialogue made tremendous progress due to the work of John Paul II. We have seen that every trip outside Rome of Pope Benedict XVI has included a visit to a synagogue, continuing the spirit of Pope John Paul II. 

Rabbi Cohen spoke of the great commandment which is love of God. He assured that it does not stop there, but is immediately carried out into the realm of love of neighbor. He encouraged those present to identify the injustices in our world and those who suffer in order to make a difference. Rabbi Cohen asserted his belief that we are on the earth to make it a better place and we can see through history where humanity has both succeeded and failed.

Rabbi Alan Cohen speaks with Fr. Xavier and Abbot GregoryHe affirmed that his belief in God helps him be a better human being. He can recognize that others are created in the same image and likeness of God, whom he is to love.

A question and answer session followed the talk. The seminarians were eager to ask questions. Afterwards, a social was held in the Alumni Union where monks, seminarians and guests were able to continue the discussion and meet Rabbi Cohen.

A group of the seminarians and monks were able to visit Rabbi Cohen last spring during the time of Passover at the synagogue of Beth Shalom in Kansas City. The friendship between Conception Abbey and the Jewish community of Kansas City was yet again able to be strengthened and continued on this occasion.

Lecture

Benedictine Bowl

The Knights of Columbus from Benedictine College (Atchison, Kansas) traveled to Conception to play the Conception Seminary College Knights of Columbus in a game of touch-football.  "The Benedictine Bowl", which would conjure up feelings of nostalgia for anyone who grew up playing football with their family or friends in the backyard, was played on Conception Seminary's soccer field on Sunday, November 16th at 2:00PM.

Conception's explosive offense struck early and consistently and was too much for Benedictine College.  Aided by a solid defense, Conception rolled on to win 49-28.  This was the first game of an event which is intended to be played annually.  And this year, Conception Seminary will be home to the trophy.


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Pictures taken by Br. Cuong Do, CMC

August 6th: Feast of the Transfiguration


O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your
Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith by the
witness of the Fathers and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption
to sonship, grant, we pray, to your servants, that, listening to the voice
of your beloved Son, we may merit to become co-heirs with him. Who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Winter Pictures at Conception

Winter is upon us at Conception.  Enjoy these pictures of the beautiful sights around the grounds.

St. Maur   Students walking
   
Sun   St. Mike's
Ice   More ice
Towers   Ice
Cold   Courtyard
Cross   Briana
   Icicle

Pictures taken by Br. Paul 

The Summer 2012 Issue of Tower Topics is Here!

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August 5th: 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Seminarian Alan Brown Enters Eternity

Alan BrownAlan Brown, 49, of Moberly, died suddenly on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at Heartland Health Center in St. Joseph, MO after suffering a heart attack.

Alan was born October 19, 1959, in St. Louis, MO, a son of Norman and Clotilda (Haarmann) Brown. He worked for many years as a machinist until he entered Conception Seminary College in Conception, MO to study for the priesthood in 2005. He was scheduled to graduate in May and planned to enter theological studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, MI in the fall of 2009. He was a diligent student and earned a place on the 2008 Dean's List here at Conception. In addition to his dedication of time and talent serving the church and others, Alan was known to be a generous, caring, faithful man and devoted friend to many.

During the praying of the Office of the Readings in the Holy Cross Oratory on the day of his death, Alan experienced severe chest pain and shortness of breath. He left to go to St. Stephen’s Infirmary, and an ambulance was called to take him to the hospital in Maryville. Some testing was done there, and they sent him on by ambulance to Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, MO. In the afternoon, Vice Rector and Dean of Students, Fr. Dan Merz gathered some of Alan’s things to take to him as it seemed he would be kept overnight. He arrived at the hospital about 3:30 pm and Alan had just gone into cardiac arrest. The staff was working earnestly to try and revive him, and they were very gracious in making room for Fr. Dan to come into the room in order to pray the Anointing of the Sick and to bestow the Apostolic Pardon. At 3:47pm, the doctor declared Alan had passed away. The staff expressed their sorrow and gave Fr. Dan some time to pray alone with Alan. He said that Alan’s face was quite peaceful.

Survivors include brothers, Michael Brown of Warrenton, Patrick Brown of OFallon, MO, sisters, Carolyn Tufts of Collinsville, IL, Mary Stroup of Overland, MO, Sharon Dickinson of Florissant, MO, Maureen Frosch of St. Louis, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services will be Monday 12 noon at St. Pius X Catholic Church with interment in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 4 PM to 6PM with a rosary and prayer service at 4 PM at Cater Funeral Home.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Pictures from the Funeral

It is with heavy hearts that we here at Conception Seminary College mourn the loss of our brother, Alan Brown, who died suddenly of a heart attack on January 22, 2009.  The funeral was held on January 26, 2009 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Moberly, Missouri- Alan’s home parish.  Classes were cancelled that day and the entire seminary hopped on two busses to make the three hour journey down to Moberly to pay our last respects to our brother and friend.  Abbot Gregory Polan, OSB of Conception Abbey was the main celebrant, with the seminary rector, Fr. Samuel Russell, OSB presiding at the Rite of Committal.  Alan was such a great witness of what it truly meant to be a Christian seeking to totally follow God’s will.  His family is in all of our hearts and prayers as we remember how much he truly was a light to the world.  Eternal rest grant unto him, Lord, and let perpetual light shine on him.  May he rest in peace.  Amen. 

-Seminarian Matt Niggemeyer (Diocese of Omaha)
Pictures by:  Brian Buettner (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City) 


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July 15th: 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Choral Concert at Conception Abbey

On Tuesday, March 17, the Tower Choir of Northwest Missouri State University, directed by Dr. Stephen Town, and accompanied at the organ by Dr. Jan Kraybill, organist of the Community of Christ Temple and Auditorium in Independence Missouri, gave a choral concert in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

The concert was free and open to the public and included performances of the "Magnificat" by Gerald Finzi, the "Five Mystical Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the "Finale (Dona nobis pacem)" from the "Mass of the Children" by John Rutter.

Tower Choir 

Above:  The nave of the Basilica was filled by those enjoying the beauty of the performances.

Below:  A video of the NW Tower Choir performing "Ubi Caritas"

 

July 11th: Our Blessed Father Saint Benedict

O God, who made the Abbot Saint Benedict an outstanding
master in the school of divine service, grant, we pray, that, putting
nothing before love of you, we may hasten with a loving heart in the
way of your commands. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Solemnity of the Annunciation

Happy Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord!

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,

"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."

Annunciation

Mural from the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception 

The Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel

The narrative source for "The Annunciation," one of the most frequent subjects of Christian art, is found in the Gospel of Luke (1:26-38). The angel Gabriel tells Mary that she is to be the mother of the Savior. Mary is here shown on a porch, her hands raised in surprise or wonderment - surprise at the apparition or wonderment at the message.

Gabriel, holding a staff, is kneeling while delivering his message. The Holy Spirit appears amidst seven rays of light, all emanating from God. This fresco is relatively simple in its portrayal of the event, avoiding many of the details popular in earlier works. The architecture of the portico serves to frame the important figure of the Blessed Virgin and divides the panel neatly into two sections. 

July 8th: 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

O God, who in the abasement of your Son
have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful
with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from
slavery to sin you bestow eternal gladness. Through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with
you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Acton Institute Panel Discussion: Catholicism and the Social Order

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On Friday, March 20, the seminary hosted a panel discussion concerning the topic of "Catholicism and the Social Order." Participants included Dr. Christopher Anadale, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at CSC; Fr. Patrick Caveglia, OSB, CSC Professor of Theology; Dr. Samuel Gregg, Director of Research at the Acton Institute; and Fr. Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute. Dr. Elizabeth McGrath, Academic Dean at Conception Seminary College, moderated the discussion.

Listen to the audio recording of the discussion by using the player above.

June 24th: Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that your family may walk in the way of salvation and,
attentive to what Saint John the Precursor urged, may come safely to the One he foretold,
our Lord Jesus Christ. Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

14th Annual Abbey Trails draws 266 participants

April 4, 2009:  Abbey Trails draws 266 participants 

The dreary April weather did not stop 266 participants from showing their support for Conception Seminary College's Wellness program and their own enthusiasm for exercise.  156 walkers participated in the 2-mile walk and 110 runners fought the strong eastern wind in the 5K (3.1 mile) race.  Familiar faces of former Abbey Trails competitors, as well as newcomers, filled St. Raphael Hall before the 9:00AM starting time.  Light precipitation fell softly upon the ground, but that was not about to stop anyone from taking part and enjoying the morning.

 

Seminarians of Conception put forth a good showing in the 5K race, making up 27 of the 110 total runners.  Not only did many seminarians participate, but they also took 7 of the top 10 finishing times.

1st Place 18:58 Brian Carrillo (Diocese of Wichita)
2nd Place 19:35 Andy Mattingly (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph)
3rd Place 19:47 Br. Paul Sheller, O.S.B. (Conception Abbey)
5th Place 20:33 Eric Martin (Diocese of Jefferson City)
6th Place 20:35 James Galbraith (Diocese of Jefferson City)
7th Place 20:40 Justin Hamilton (Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS)
8th Place 20:41 Bob Rodgers (Diocese of Cheyenne)

The women’s overall winner was Lindsey Derr of Burlington Jct., MO who finished at 22:15, followed by Sara Reames, of Maryville, MO at 22:54.

The age-group winners in the men’s 5K were: Kelly Gregory (13 and under); Justin Hamilton (14-19) Andy Mattingly (20-29); Mike Hartman (30-39); Seth Watkins (40-49); Kelly Speer (50-59); Mike Pattavina (60-69) and Don Nelson (70 and up).

The age-group winners in the women’s 5K were: Brea Yates (13 and under); Sarah Regan (14-19); Brianne Hunter (20-29); Kelsi Huseman (30-39); Sara Reames (40-49); Novice Nancy Gucwa (50-59).

The age-group winners in the men’s 2-mile walk were: Nate Doolittle (13 and under), Blaine Klaasmeyer (14-19); Kevin Stock (40-49); Fr. Samuel Russell (50-59); Lawrence Boettcher (60-69); Thomas Maloney (70 and up).

The age-group winners in the women’s 2-mile walk were: Kelli Schieber (13 and under); Meghan Klaas (14-19), Amber Beloate (20-29); Rebecca New (30-39);  Jeanette Schieber (40-49); Betty Grace (50-59); Sharon Dredge (60-69); and Mildred Lepley (70 and over).

The money from Abbey Trails will help fund the Wellness Program, which was created in 1987 to support positive health practices in the seminary and surrounding communities by teaching the skills needed for physical, emotional and spiritual well being. The program is open to the public and offers racquetball, aerobics, weight training and other activities. This year's event raised $7,780 for the Wellness Program.

Next year’s Abbey Trails is scheduled for April 24, 2010.

For more information on Abbey Trails or the Wellness Program, contact Jarrod Thome at (660) 944-2823, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BELOW:  A group of seminarians race in their "Protect Life" shirts. Run4TheirLives is a group of runners dedicated to promoting the culture of life through a simple message stated on their running shirts.  Pictured from left to right:  Brian Buettner, Br. Paul Sheller, OSB, Michael Allen Lopez, Eric Martin, Justin Hamilton, Andy Mattingly, Andy Walsh and Bob Rodgers) 

 

Photos courtesy of seminarian J.B. Kelly

For more pictures, visit Conception Seminary College on Facebook 

 

Companion Camp 2012

Companion Camp 2012 was a success! The weekend long camp for junior high aged youth
focuses on fun, faith and fellowship and is hosted right here on the campus of Conception Abbey & Seminary College.
To view more photos from the 2012 Companion Camp weekend, click here.

Triduum Pictures

 Holy Thursday, March 9th

 

 

Good Friday, April 10th 

 

 

 

Pictures from Holy Thursday and Good Friday were taken by seminarian Brian Buettner

For more pictures please visit Conception Seminary College on Facebook 

June 17th: 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 
O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear
our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant
us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we may
please you by our resolve and our deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The Easter Vigil- Pictures and Video

Easter Vigil, April 12th

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!  Happy Easter!

Pictures taken by seminarian J.B. Kelly, video by Br. Paul

 

June 15th: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

 
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who glory in the Heart
of your beloved Son and recall the wonders of his love for us, may
be made worthy to receive an overflowing measure of grace from that
fount of heavenly gifts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Graduation- Class of 2009

Mass of Thanksgiving and Graduation 

Sunday, May 17, 2009- Abbot Gregory was the principal celebrant for the Mass of Thanksgiving and Graduation, assisted by Fr. Samuel Russell, OSB (President-Rector) and Fr. Dan Merz (Vice Rector/Dean of Students). The Homilist was Abbot Christopher Jamison, OSB, of Worth Abbey in England.

Graduation

Bachelor of Arts 2009

Alan Edward Brown (Posthumous) (Diocese of Jefferson City)
Jeffery Eric Childers
Br. Van Ba Do, CMC
Brian James Hess (Diocese of Cheyenne)
Eric Lennea Huard (Diocese of Wichita)
Robert James Miller (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City)
Jeffrey Todd Nance (Diocese of Tulsa)
Isaac N. Ngatia (Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph)
Mauro Sanchez Gonzalez (Diocese of Sioux City)
Br. Martin X Truong, CMC

Bachelor of Philosophical & Theological Studies

Brian Edwin Buettner (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City)
Jason T. Doke (Jefferson City)
Vicente Fernandez (Diocese of Joliet)

Pre-Theology Certificate

Br. Gabriel James Matthew Dobson, OSB (Worth Abbey)
J. David Esquiliano-Diaz (Diocese of Sioux City)
Br. Francis Tan T. Ta, CMC

Language, Culture & Church Program

Agustin Martinez-Delgado (Diocese of Wichita)
Manuel Alejandro Ascencio (Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau)
Juan Carlos Torres-Chapeta (Diocese of Grand Island)
Anastacio Ponce (Diocese of Davenport)
Jorge Martinez-Gomez (Diocese of Salt Lake City) 
Felix Esquivel (Diocese of Joliet)

June 3rd: The Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity


God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the
Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery,
grant us, we pray, that in profession the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity
of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Summer Pictures

 

   
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
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May 31st: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Almighty ever-living God, who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was
carrying your Son in her womb, inspired her to visit Elizabeth, grant us,
we pray, that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit, we may magnify your
greatness with the Virgin Mary at all times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

May 28th: Memorial Day


Today we pray for and remember all the men and women of the armed
forces who have died protecting our freedoms. God bless them, God bless America.

Knights of Columbus Officer Installation

With the new school year comes a handing over of the guard when it comes to leadership at Conception. This is true for every aspect of life at CSC, the Knights of Columbus are no exception to the rule. They also have one of the more formal transitions of all the groups on campus. On Sept. 11, the new officers made their way down to the Alumni Union for their official officer installation. This year’s officers are:

Grand Knight: John P Lewis (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City) Deputy Grand Knight: Eric J Martin (Diocese of Jefferson City)

Chancellor: Nathan C Eftink (Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau)

Recorder: Braden Maher (Diocese of Springfield, Ill.)

Treasurer: Timothy F Ruckel (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City)

Advocate: Brian E Jilka (Diocese of Kansas City-Kansas)

Lecturer: Guillermo Trevino (Diocese of Davenport)

Warden: Adam L Droll (Diocese of San Angelo) Inside Guard: Allen A Kirchner (Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau) Outside Guard: David Bauer (Diocese of Jefferson City) One Year Trustee: Benjamin Lee (Diocese of Jefferson City) Two Year Trustee: Christopher W Ciaffa (Diocese of Sioux City) Three Year Trustee: Christopher T Brashears (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City) Financial Secretary: Br. David Wilding (Conception Abbey)

May 27th: Pentecost Sunday


Almighty ever-living God, who willed the Paschal Mystery to be
encompassed as a sign in fifty days, grant that from out of the scattered
nations the confusion of many tongues may be gathered by heavenly grace
into one great confession of your name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

CSC Film Club Premiere

Seminarians at Gaudeamus
Photo by seminarian Geoff Brooke, a junior from the diocese of Jefferson City.
On Friday September 11, the newly formed CSC film club, headed by junior Curt Vogel from the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, premiered its first film which highlighted the school’s new “No Smoking” policy in a comedic fashion. The event was attended by roughly 50 viewers during the weekly Gaudeamus festivities in the Alumni Union. Curt Vogel says that Gaudeamus will be the primary viewing location for all of the new movies the film club puts out.

-Ryan Koster, junior, Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese

May 20th: The Ascension of Our Lord


Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout
thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the
Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope. Through our Lord Jesus
Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Manuel Ramos performs at CSC

St. Maur Hall is usually used for classes, conferences and prayer. However, on September 26, it became a world class recital hall. Accomplished violinist, Manuel Ramos visited Conception and performed for CSC students, monks of Conception Abbey and other members of the community. Ramos was accompanied on the piano by Vera Parkin.

Originally from Mexico, Ramos has traveled the globe playing with orchestras as well as solo concerts. Since 1976 he has been associated with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has also won multiple violin competitions including the Manuel M. Ponce Competition in Mexico City and the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Sion, Switzerland

CSC Halloween Party

On Halloween night, the entire student body of Conception Seminary College along with monks gathered together to celebrate and have some fun. The party was planned and hosted by the junior class. There was terrific food including turkey legs and the junior class also made a short film entitled "The Holy Dead" which featured the entire class in a zombie-style movie. The theme of the night was 'movies' and many students came dressed as popular movie characters.

May 12th: CSC's Graduating Class of 2012

Congratulations to Conception Seminary College's graduating class of 2012!
A commencement ceremony was held at 3:00 pm on Saturday,
May 12th in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

 - Thirteen received their Bachelor of Arts -
David Matthew Baunach
Shaun Christopher Cieslik
Joshua James Duncan
Justin Michael Gengler
Frank Tuan Le, CMC
Brent Jacob Lehman
Agustin de Jesus Martinez Delgado
Jahuann (Br. John) Chia McKenzie, OSB
Barnabas Anh-Khai Nguyen T.
Grant Timothy Schneider
Thomas Robert Skinner
Michael Alan Thiel
Andrew Richard Williams

- Two who will be receiving their Bachelor of Arts upon completing their work this summer -
Andrew John Kinstetter
Juan Manuel Salas Alanis

 - Three received their Bachelor of Philisophical and Theological Studies -
Andrew John Galles
Mark Michael Seeger
Grant Michael Spinhirne

To view more photos from the 2012 Commencement Ceremony, click here. 

 

 

 

Encounter with God's Call Weekend

From November 14-16, Conception Seminary College hosted the first Encounter with God's Call weekend of the school year. The weekend is designed for men who are discerning God's call to the priesthood or religious life. Around 70 men from different dioceses attended. The weekend consisted of communal prayer both with the student body and the monks, talks by students followed by small group discussions, and mixers/recreation time.

The talks included the vocation stories of different current students, the challenges one might encounter when answering the call, as well as a vocation question panel which the discerning men could submit questions too. There was a Holy Hour on Sunday with Reconciliation as well as Basilica tours and tours of the Clyde Monastery. The next Encounter weekend will be in the April 17-19, 2010.

Congratulations to our LCC Seminarians

Congratulations to our LCC, Language, Culture and Church, seminarians
who received certificates for completing their English studies. Great job guys!

Conception seminarians enjoy NCYC

Just before taking off for Thanksgiving break, all of the students of Conception Seminary College had the opportunity to attend NCYC, the National Catholic Youth Conference in Kansas City. All of the students reported having a wonderful time and a very moving experience as well. Seminarians served as volunteers organizing lines for confession, staffed vocations booths and monitored the convention center. The seminarians also had the unique opportunity to assist during the liturgies. The 22,000 youth in attendence served as a great witness of the young Church to the seminarians.

Eric Martin of the Diocese of Jefferson City compiled a video titled, "NCYC 2009 from a Seminarian's Perspective." Which can be found on this page.

John Rockwell and Geoff Brooke, also of the Diocese of Jefferson City, wrote reflections which can be viewed here and here respectively.

May Day 2012 - Blue Team Wins!

May Day 2012 took place on Thursday, May 10th beginning at 1:00 pm
and ended shortly after 6:00 pm with a Blue Team Victory. To view
more pictures of the 2012 May Day activities, click here.

Seminarians Attend Men of Valor Conference

On the evening of the 29th and all day on the 30th, approximately 20 seminarians from Conception attended the Men of Valor conference in Olathe, KS, held at the College Church of the Nazarene. The conference included talks by keynote speakers Dr. Mark Laaser and Dr. Scott Hahn.

The seminarians also were able to attend a luncheon with Dr. Scott Hahn along with priests and Archbishop Naumann of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Hahn's luncheon talk focused on the need of the priesthood and the extraordinary vocation that is the priesthood. The conference focused on sexuality, chastity, and how to live a pure life in an unpure world.

May Day 2012 Shenanigans

Conception Seminary College's May Day has a tradition
of starting off the day with pranks played by the
seminarians, and this year was no different. It seems
some of the seminarians from the Diocese of Wichita
created a web of yarn in our St. Maur Hall, the main
academic building for the seminary college. To view
more pictures of the May Day 2012 Web,
click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CSC Polar Bear Club 2010

Seminarian Andy Walsh taunts the icy depths of Lake Placid with a cannon ball
Seminarian Andy Walsh taunts the icy depths of Lake Placid with a cannon ball.

On Tuesday, February 9, numerous students took part in a CSC tradition known as the Polar Bear Club. The students took turns jumping into Lake Placid through a hole in the ice. When the ice was cut the day before it was estimated to be 6 inches deep. After all was said and done, 23 seminarians joined the 2010 Polar Bear Club. In addition to braving the cold water, the men participating also had to brave the roughly 12 degree temperatures outside. Why did these students choose to spend their afternoon freezing? For a free T-shirt...and of course to protect one of the hallowed CSC traditions.

May 6th: St. Gabriel Guesthouse Dedication

On Sunday, May 6th we held the dedication ceremony for the blessing of our new guesthouse, St. Gabriel Guesthouse.
To view more photos from the dedication,
click here.

 

Conception Celebrates Vietnamese New Year

Traditional Dragon DanceOn Thursday, February 11th, the Conception student body along with the brothers from the Congregation of our Mother Coredemptrix based in Carthage, MO celebrated the Vietnamese New Year, known as Tet. The celebration began with Mass in the student Oratory said by Fr. Francis, CMC. The Mass was in English but included Vietnamese hymns sung by both the brothers and the diocesan Vietnamese students from the Diocese of Cheyenne, WY, and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, OK.

After Mass, the students congregated in the Alumni Union for a dragon dance performed by the brothers with firecrackers going off in the outside stairwell. Then dinner was served in the refectory with traditional Vietnamese appetizers. It was a wonderful opportunity for the seminarians to experience the Vietnamese culture which makes up a good portion of the student body. Tet was on February 14th this year, but was celebrated at Conception the previous Thursday because the brothers and Fr. Francis traveled to their community in Carthage, MO for the celebration on the 14th.

Vietnamese Banquet

May 6th: 5th Sunday of Easter


Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal
Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in
Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and
come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Hispanic Weekend

February 12-14 was Hispanic Weekend for the Junior class and Pre-Theology I students, 32 in all. The seminarians traveled to Kansas City, KS to All Saints Parish, a former Polish parish now a predominantly Hispanic parish. The students attended a traditional Mexican/Catholic wedding mass and the reception following. The seminarians were then introduced to their host families for the weekend, in many cases two seminarians to a family, but in some cases three or four.

On Saturday the seminarians were given a brief history of All Saints Parish and then spent the morning with their families. In the afternoon the seminarians had the opportunity to go to the Savior Pastoral Center and play volleyball, soccer, and basketball with Hispanic youth groups. Saturday night included a fiesta with both festive and religious dances along with presentations from different Parish organizations.

The weekend concluded on Sunday with seminarians sitting in on religious education classes at All Saints School and then Mass. During the Mass, three seminarians were invited to the ambo to say a few words about their experiences that weekend. After lunch following Mass, the seminarians said goodbye to their host families and headed back to Conception.

May 4th: Grotto Procession

On Friday, May 4th some of the Conception's faculty, staff, seminarians, monks and employees processed out to the Blessed Virgin Shrine at the south boundary line of the Monastery on Maryknoll. The shrine, or grotto, was recently repaired by seminarians along with Br. Placid. This remodel project, headed up by Wichita seminarian Kyle Dugan, was started by former seminarian, Alan Brown, who passed away while studying here at Conception in 2009. A plaque was added to grotto in Alan's honor.
To view more photos,
click here. 

Seminarians Visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary

On Sunday, February 28th, approximately 15 seminarians from Conception traveled to Denton, NE to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, one of the two international seminaries of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. The seminarians left Conception at 6:30 am in order to arrive in time for a Solemn High Mass with the seminarians of the Fraternity.

After Mass, the CSC seminarians were treated to brunch with the Fraternity seminarians and a tour of the seminary's facilities. Currently the seminary uses a temporary chapel which it has used since its opening in 2000. On March 3, 2010, the new chapel will be dedicated in the Extraordinary Form and will mark the completion of the $14 million seminary. After the tour there was a brief Q & A session before the CSC seminarians headed back to Conception.

May 3rd: Feast of Saints Philip and James


O God, who gladden us each year with the feast
day of the Apostles Philip and James, grant us, through
their prayers, a share in the Passion and Resurrection of your
Only Begotten Son, so that we may merit to behold you for eternity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (photo: the saints' tomb)

Pastor's Day at Conception

March 1st, 2010 was Pastor's Day at Conception Seminary. Seminarians invited their respective pastors to join them for the day or for a few days at Conception. Many pastors from the different dioceses that Conception serves arrived, some on Sunday, the 28th of February and many more on Monday.

The pastors who had arrived by 11:45am on Monday con-celebrated daily Mass in the basilica. At 5:15pm the pastors and their seminarians attended Vespers with the monks followed by a banquet in the student dining room. The Conception Mariachi band played a few songs as the pastors and students filed into the dining room.

After the banquet there was a concert in St. Michael's gym at 8pm. The concert, entitled "Windfire" was given by Mr. and Mrs. John Kasica who played several songs using different flutes and percussion instruments. A brief reception followed the conclusion of the concert. Many pastors stayed overnight and con-celebrated daily Mass in the student oratory Tuesday morning.

April 29th: 4th Sunday of Easter


Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the
joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where
the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with
you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(icon: fr pachomius, osb)

April 25th: St. Mark the Evangelist


O God, who raised up Saint Mark, your Evangelist,
and endowed him with the grace to preach the Gospel,
grant, we pray, that we may so profit from his teaching as to
follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ. Who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

April 22nd: 3rd Sunday of Easter

May your people exult forever,
O God, in renewed youthfulness of
spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored
glory of our adoption, we may look forward in
confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Conception Coffee Shop Night

Smoke and miters: CSC Seminarians perform their remake of Michael Jackson's Thriller, turning it into a vocational promotion piece, Thrill of the Call.
Here the winning group poses for a photo...possibly future album art??? Photos by Geoff Brooke

Friday, March 13 saw the return of one of the biggest student events at Conception Seminary College: Coffee Shop. Coffee Shop is put together by the Fine Arts Committee and involves students performing skits, songs, dances, etc. while the audience enjoys coffee, teas, hot chocolate and snacks. The event is held in St. Michael's gym and is attended by all of the students, several faculty members, family members, and monks. This year Coffee Shop coincided with the Board of Regents and so even a few of the Regents were in attendance.

The roughly two and a half hour show included students playing bluegrass music, barbershop quartets, original songs, original poetry, mariachi music, original sketches, and popular songs as well. The winning act was a group of six students dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller with a Catholic twist entitled "The Thrill of the Call". The students dressed as members of different religious orders and added some original choreography and an original intro voice-over.

The Largest Encounter with God's Call Yet

From April 17-19, Conception Seminary College hosted its second Encounter with God's Call weekend of the school year. The weekend is designed for men who are discerning God's call to the priesthood or religious life. This Encounter saw the highest attendance of any Conception has ever seen. 142 men from the dioceses that send seminarians to Conception arrived. The weekend consisted of communal prayer both with the student body and the monks, talks by students followed by small group discussions, and mixers/recreation time.

The talks included the vocation stories different current CSC seminarians, the challenges one might encounter when answering the call, as well as a vocation question panel which the discerning men could submit questions to. There was a Holy Hour on Sunday with Reconciliation as well. This Encounter saw the introduction of free t-shirts for the attendees as well as a change of venue for the recreation time. Normally held in the Alumni Union, it was moved on the first night to St. Michael's Hall/gym to accommodate the larger crowd. The weekend ran very smoothly thanks to help of numerous seminarians who all stepped up to help out the group which was larger than the seminary population itself. The next Encounter will be in the Fall of 2010.

The Spring 2012 Issue of Tower Topics is Here!

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CSC Graduation 2010

Conception Seminary College:  Class of 2010

Graduation

Most Rev. Ricardo Ramirez, CSB of the Diocese of Las Cruces was Homilist, pictured with Fr. Dan Merz, Abbot Gregory Polan, OSB, and Fr. Samuel Russell, OSB.

 

Bachelor of Arts 2010

Kevin John Anstey (unable to attend)           Diocese of Davenport

Steven Michael Arisman                             Diocese of Springfield, Illinois

Christopher Michael Aubuchon                    Diocese of Jefferson City

Benjamin James Boyd                             Archdiocese of Omaha

Anton Christopher Brown (Chris)                  Diocese of Des Moines

Matthew Francis Capadano                           Archdiocese of Omaha

Cristobal Deloera Velasco                           Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Andrew Scott Dever                                    Diocese of Tulsa

Nathan Carl Eftink                  Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau

Daniel Gregory Grover                                Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Michael Andrew Hansen                           Archdiocese of Omaha

Patrick M. Lester                                          Diocese of Wichita

Tuan Van Nguyen, CMC         Congregation of Mother Coredemptrix

Robert Joseph Rodgers                           Diocese of Cheyenne

Craig Alan Thomas                                    Independent

Guillermo Treviño Jr.                                    Diocese of Davenport

Alejandro Ureña                                           Diocese of Las Cruces

Philip John Voegeli Jr.                                  Diocese of Wichita

Andrew Joseph Walsh                                  Diocese of Wichita

Zachary Aaron Williams                           Independent

Jaime R. Zarse                                    Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas

 

Bachelor of Philosophical & Theological Studies 2010

Christopher Todd Brashears                           Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Linh Ngoc Bui                                             Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Matthew Edward Grillot                           Diocese of Davenport

Timothy Frank Ruckel                                   Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

 

Language, Culture & Church Program 2010

Hiep Nguyen                                              Diocese of Cheyenne

Jorge Armando López                                   Diocese of Wichita

Jorge Adrian Gutierrez Guzman                  Diocese of Dallas

April 22nd: 3rd Sunday of Easter

May your people exult forever,
O God, in renewed youthfulness of
spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored
glory of our adoption, we may look forward in
confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

April 19th: Ad Multos Annos


Ad Multos Annos. Happy 7th Anniversary Holy Father!

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart

"The love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."  Romans 5:5

 

Almighty God, we glory in the loving heart of your beloved Son.
As we recall the great things his love has done for us,
may we become worthy to receive overflowing grace
from his heart, the source of heaven’s gifts.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Conception Seminary Fall Theater Production: The Cotton Patch Gospel

Conception Seminary College's production of The Cotton Patch Gospel was a big hit!  Receiving a standing ovation at all three performances audience members stated how impressed they were with the actors, their vocals, and the music.  The play was directed by Br. Cyprian Langlois, O.S.B.

April 16th: Ad Multos Annos


Ad multos annos. Happy 85th Birthday Holy Father!

Encounter with God's Call Weekend a Success!

Conception's Fall 2010 Encounter with God's Call Weekend was held this past weekend, November 13-15.  Sixty-two young men from various diocese attended the weekend helping to make it a success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 15th: Divine Mercy Sunday

God of everlasting mercy, who in the very recurrence
of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have
made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed,
that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been
washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have
been redeemed. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (icon: fr. pachomius, osb)

Conception Seminary College Names New Vice-Rector/Dean of Students

Conception, Mo – December 10, 2010 – Conception Seminary College has named Rev. Ralph O’Donnell, from the Archdiocese of Omaha, as the new Vice-Rector/Dean of Students, effective July 1, 2011. Rev. O’Donnell will succeed Rev. Daniel Merz, a priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City, who has served on the faculty of Conception Seminary College since 1999. Rev. Merz has been named Associate Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., effective early next summer.

Rev. O’Donnell currently serves as the director of Omaha’s permanent diaconate program and as pastor of both St. Rose and St. Bridget parishes in Omaha. Ordained a priest in 1997, he has also served as both an associate pastor and as archdiocesan vocation director. Rev. O’Donnell brings with him solid pastoral experience, excellent communication and relational skills, and a strong commitment to the Church and to the priesthood.

April 11th: Wednesday of Easter Week

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat.

Seminary's ESL Instructor brings "Joy" to the New Year

At 4:12 a.m. on Sunday January 2nd Conception Seminary College’s ESL Instructor Jason Shaver and his wife Joanna welcomed daughter Mara Joy Shaver into the world. Jason and Joanna are proud to say their daughter Mara, whom they plan to call "Joy," was the first baby born in 2011 at St. Francis Hospital & Health Services in Maryville, MO.

April 8th: The Sounds of Easter Sunday

When the Old Testament Readings are finished at
the Easter Vigil, the Gloria is sung, this is its introit

 

Alleluia sung at Easter Vigil Mass

 

This is part of our 1st Vespers office chanted during Easter.

Flamenco Concert Hosted by CSC Receives Great Review

This past Fall Conception Seminary College hosted a MAC, Missouri Arts Council, funded concert by world renowned Flamenco Guitarist, Ronald Radford. Mr. Radford played an amazing concert for a packed house.

To read a review written by a member of the audience click here.
For more information about Mr. Ronald Radford click here.

April 8th: Happy Easter! He is Risen, Alleluia!

Better than Fruitcake: Ron Radford Rocks the Abbey

Ron Radford is one of our country’s greatest flamenco guitarists. When one man is responsible for so many classic performances it is an impossible task to pick one out for special mention. However, on October 26th my wife and I were witness to a performance that was very special indeed.

The story goes like this: My wife Toni was on the computer checking all the abbeys in the mid-west for a fruitcake. Instead of a fruitcake she noticed that RonRadford was playing a concert at Conception Abbey in isolated North Western Missouri. Having nothing to loose and everything to gain we trekked along the dark country roads to see America’s lovable ambassador of the flamenco guitar.

At five minutes before show-time there were only about 20 persons in the 150 to 200 chairs. Suddenly in walked the seminarians and monks and filled almost every chair. The monks, dressed in black tunics, pray together at the abbey six times a day.

As the thrilling tone of Radford’s guitar began to soar high in theconcert hall, so to did the spirits of the monks and seminarians, and smiles soon spread over their usually solemn faces. All evening we heard beautifully phrased and inventive guitar playing at its best.

Along with his red-hot guitar playing, was Ron’s (always underrated) vocalizing and interesting stories. Every detail of Ron’s performance could be heard through his Bose amplifier system. I have never heard a better sounding system for acoustic guitar.

As the night went on it was clear that Ron’s skilful showmanship and consummate artistry meant a never-to-be-forgotten experience for this reviewer. The monks of the abbey do not produce fruitcake, but on this night in October, they produced something much more delicious.

Dale Larson, Omaha, NE
Founding member of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society

 

April 7th: Holy Saturday Hymns

Here are a couple of hymns performed by our monastic and seminary scola on Holy Saturday. Enjoy!

CSC Seminarians Travel to Washington D.C. to attend March for Life

To see more pictures of our seminarians visit to Washinton D.C. for the Annual March for Life click here. To see the facebook updates click here.

April 6th: Good Friday Passion Rehearsal

Fr. Pachomius, Br. Jeremiah, and Br. Macario practicing the Passion early in the afternoon.

Ash Wednesday

                                                                 
Lord, protect us in our struggle against evil. As we begin the discipline of Lent, make this season holy by our self-denial. May the light of Your truth bestow sight to the darkness of our sinful eyes and our repentance bring us the blessing of Your forgiveness and the gift of new life. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

To view pictures from our 2011 Ash Wednesday services, click on the picture above or click here.

April 6th: Good Friday

Jesus said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

Lenten Retreat

For Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, the monks and seminarians will be on silent retreat. The seminarians Lenten retreat will be directed by Rev. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem.

April 5th: Holy Thursday Hymns

Here are some of the hymns performed by the monastic and seminary scola on Holy Thursday. Enjoy!

Welcome Bishop Richard Pates!

On Friday, March 18 his Excellency, Bishop Richard Pates, of the Diocese of
Des Moines, was the presider at Eucharist. He is the newest member of our seminary board of regents.

April 5th: Holy Thursday


O God, who have called us to participate in this most sacred Supper, in which your
Only Begotten Son, when about to hand himself over to death, entrusted to the Church
a sacrifice new for all eternity, the banquet of his love, grant, we pray, that we may draw
from so great a mystery, the fullness of charity and of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

April 1st: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord


Almighty ever-living God, who as an example of humility for the human race
to follow caused our Savior to take flesh and submit to the Cross, graciously grant
that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Solemnity of Saint Joseph

                                  

Saturday, March 19 was the Solemnity of Saint Joseph - Father, you entrusted our Savior to the care of Saint Joseph. By the help of his prayers may your Church continue to serve its Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

March 26th: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord


O God, who willed that your Word should take on the reality
of human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, grant, we pray,
that we, who confess our Redeemer to be God and man, may merit
to become partakers even in his divine nature. Who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

March 25th: 5th Sunday of Lent

By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God,
may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which,
out of love for the world, you Son handed himself over to death.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with
you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Welcome Bishop William Dendinger!

 Saturday, March 19 our alumnus, His Excellency, Bishop William Dendinger
from the Diocese of Grand Island, was the presider at Eucharist for the Solemnity of St. Joseph. The bishop was here for the seminary's board of regents.

Seminary Board of Regents

                                                                          

Friday and Saturday, March 18-19 we welcomed our Board of Regents to Conception. This event is a meeting of the governing board of Conception Seminary College, consisting in the Bishops of the Dioceses that the school represents, priests, religious,and lay members of various disciplines, that discusses current and future development of Seminary business and formation.

To view more pictures from our Spring 2011 Seminary Board of Regents click on the picture above or click here.

March 21st: Transitus of our Father St. Benedict


O almighty and everlasting God, who delivered the
most holy Confessor Benedict out of the prison of the
flesh and bore him up to heaven, grant us we beseech You,
your servants, who are celebrating this festival, forgiveness
for all our sins, so that, united in rejoicing in his glory, we may
by his intercession before You partake together also in his merits. Through our Lord.


Saint Benedict triptych with prie-dieus.


Saint Benedict relic.


Saint Benedict relic.

 

The Solemnity of the Transitus of our Holy Father St. Benedict

                                                               

Monday, March 21 is the Solemnity of the Transitus of our Holy Father St. Benedict. God our Father, you made Saint Benedict an outstanding guide to teach men how to live in your service. Grant that by preferring your love to everything else. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

To view pictures from the Transitus Mass click here.

March 19th: Solemnity of St. Joseph

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that by Saint Joseph's intercession your
Church may constantly watch over the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation,
whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

CSC "LIFERS" March 2011 Issue

The seminarians of Conception Seminary College have compiled their 19th issue of "LIFERS," a student-run, Pro-Life Group Newsletter. This issue is a regular two-page newsletter, which includes a must-read, heartfelt narrative, a promotion for Lenten Pro-Life practices, and photos illustrating the soon-to-come CSC Pro-Life T-shirts. Through these simple pages, we hope to inform, inspire, and encourage our readers to pray, petition, and model the Pro-Life way of life. May God's grace continue to work its way. Enjoy!

To download and read the March 2011 issue of "LIFERS" click here.

March 18th: 4th Sunday of Lent - Laetare Sunday

O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race
to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with
prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may
hasten toward the solemn celebrations to come. Through
our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with
you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever

CSC "LIFERS" January/February 2011 Issue

The seminarians of Conception Seminary College have compiled their 18th issue of "LIFERS," a student-run, Pro-Life Group Newsletter. Through these simple pages, we hope to inform, inspire, and encourage our readers to pray, petition, and model the Pro-Life way of life. May God's grace continue to work its way. Enjoy!

To download and read the January/February 2011 issue of "LIFERS" click here.

 

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