Video: Life in Christ

View Conception Abbey's video which highlights a life dedicated to Christ, featuring their prayer, the profession of solemn vows, and community life.

 

Video: The Joy of Monastic Life

Various monks respond to the question, "What is the greatest blessing of monastic life?"

Video: Christmas Vespers II

Merry Christmas (video)

Merry Christmas from the monks of Conception Abbey.

Enjoy this video of Abbot Gregory performing "Shepherds at the Crib," a community tradition after Compline on Christmas Day.

Video: O Antiphons

Conception Abbey begins the O Antiphons on December 17

The video shows Advent Vespers at Conception Abbey, focusing on the first O Antiphon:  "O Wisdom."
They are referred to as the "O Antiphons" because the title of each one begins with the interjection "O".
Each antiphon is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture.

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 founding Abbot, Abbot Frowin Conrad.  Eternal rest grant unto him O' Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.

Joachim

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, 17 December 2013, as the monastic community of Conception Abbey prepared for the singing of the office of Vigils, our beloved confrere, Father Joachim Schieber, O.S.B., surrendered to His maker the burdens of his earthly existence and passed into the realms of light.  The senior member of our community at 94 years of age, Father Joachim had been a monk for 74 of those years and a priest for 69.  Though he had resided in our Saint Stephen’s Health Care Center for many years, he remained vital, active and interested in the life of his community, the wider Church and the world at large, right up to his final days.  Father Joachim presented a somewhat gruff exterior to those who were not familiar with him, and indeed, possessed an almost legendary reputation for sternness (deriving from his days as a seminary prefect in the 1940s).  But none who came to know him could fail to discern, after even the briefest of contacts, the abiding warmth of heart and kindness of spirit that characterized his treatment of others.

Andrew Aloysius Schieber was born on 4 January 1919, youngest of the eleven children of John and Frances (Kern) Schieber.  Baptized at Saint Benedict’s Parish Church in Clyde by the Rev. Frowin Mergen, a monk of Conception, the future Father Joachim was raised on the family farm near Clyde, Missouri, just a few miles from the abbey.  Living “just around the corner and over the hill” from Conception, he came to know and love the monastic community and its works from an early age.  After public grade school and parochial high school in Clyde, Andrew entered the junior college at Conception Abbey in 1936.  In 1938 he entered the monastic novitiate and professed first monastic vows the next year.  Upon completion of theological studies, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Charles LeBlond on 23 September 1944.

A complete list of Father Joachim’s assignments through so many years of devoted monastic observance and priestly ministry would overflow this account, so an abbreviated narrative must suffice.  His early years in the community were given to service in the seminary as professor, prefect and a term as vice rector.  During this period he also earned a master’s degree in History from The Catholic University of America.  He then took up responsibilities at the high school of Mount Michael Priory, our daughterhouse near Omaha, Nebraska, serving in capacities similar to those he had exercised at our seminary here at Conception.  He went on to minister as chaplain to the Sisters at Saint Michael’s Convent in Sturgis, South Dakota, for six years (1958-64).  Returning to Conception, he served as Director of Development for two years, after which he entered a long stint of parochial ministry, first as pastor of Saint Aloysius Parish in Kansas City (1966-72), then as pastor of Saint Bernard’s in McLaughlin, South Dakota, ministering to the Native Americans on the Standing Rock Reservation there from 1974 to 1989.

At this point Father Joachim, upon the occasion of his Golden Jubilee of profession, was given permission to return to his academic interest in the field of history, being granted a sabbatical year for study and research in the Schieber Family genealogical history.  The result of this year’s investigation was A Schieber Family Research Journal: From Conception, Missouri and Cascade, Iowa in America to Sandweiler, Luxembourg in Europe, gathered and published principally for family members, but nonetheless an exemplary exercise in the now-burgeoning field of genealogical research.

After his sabbatical, Father Joachim returned to pastoral ministry, accepting an assignment as Pastoral Administrator of Saint Joseph’s Parish in Trenton, Missouri.  After two years there, he was transferred to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs, Missouri, as chaplain, and then a year as chaplain of Marian Acres, a retirement home in Salem, Missouri.  His advancing years finally required his return to Conception, where he took up residence in our Saint Stephen’s Health Care Center, where he came to be a source of constant and prayerful support for his large family, his many friends beyond the monastery walls, and his brother monks.

Though his life was most obviously given to the many forms of pastoral service that he took on, Father Joachim remained quietly proud of his academic achievements in the field of history.  His master’s thesis on Father James Power and the founding community of the original Conception Colony had made such a positive impression upon the faculty at The Catholic University of America that he was offered a scholarship to remain and continue his studies.  But knowing that his call was to monastic obedience in serving the people of God, he returned to the monastery to do just that.  Many parishioners and friends are glad and grateful that he did so.  Father Joachim’s later years were blessed with a sort of “new spring,” in which he found unexpected spiritual refreshment in the Catholic Charismatic Movement.  This experience gave him a new mode of outreach to others who also shared in the joy of intense awareness of the movement of the Holy Spirit in their own lives and the life of the Church.  Without doubt the monastic community has benefitted greatly from this element of Father Joachim’s spiritual life: many of his charismatic friends have become good friends of Conception Abbey as well.  His life was truly given to the will of God and the service of the Church; may he enter into the kingdom of the blessed to hear the Savior’s welcome, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Father Joachim was preceded in death by his parents and all but one of his siblings; he is survived by his monastic confreres, by his sister, Sister Mauricita Schieber of Mount Saint Scholastica Convent in Atchison, Kansas, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Vespers of the Faithful Departed were prayed at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, 20 December 2013, and Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, 21 December 2013. We commend our beloved confrere to your prayerful remembrance.  May his soul rest in peace.

Video: Meals in the Monastery

Abbot Gregory describes how St. Benedict desired the monks to take their meals accompanied by 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 an absolutely joyful occasion in the life of Br. Etienne, the monastic community, and the entire Church.  Such an event is very fitting on this Sunday, since the universal Church celebrates “Gaudete” Sunday, which means “Rejoice!”

Profession

Profession 2

Profession 3

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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 cases that a traditional "Get Well Soon" card is not always appropriate. This new initiative by The Printery House seeks to provide courage to those going through difficult times. When you know someone who is dealing with a terminal or progressive illness you want to help and let them know that you care, however, it is often difficult to find the right words for such an occasion. That is what The Printery House is trying to achieve with the CalebCare program.

Recently, a young man named Caleb from the local area lost his battle with cancer. The Printery House encouraged the community to send cards of encouragement to him during that fight. Many cards were sent including a box from our seminarians’ right here on campus. While this program is still in its early stages of development it seems that the CalebCare program will be a great source of comfort, filling an area of great need.

Please visit The Printery House website, www.printeryhouse.org, regularly to check on the status of the CalebCare program. 

 

Video: What is a monk?

The monks of Conception Abbey share their thoughts on a question that we receive regularly:  What is a monk?

Video: Lectio Divina

The monks of Conception Abbey made a video describing the monastic practice of Lectio Divina.

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!

Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day

Each day the monks of Conception Abbey upload a "Photo of the Day" to the Abbey's Facebook page.

If you wish to keep up, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, see our Instagram page., or check our our blog: Listen, my Son.

 

 

Fr. Albert Named New Oblate Director

Congratulations Fr. Albert!

Oblates of Conception Abbey join us in
welcoming Fr. Albert as your new Oblate Director.

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!"

Diaconate Ordination 2013

Brother Macario Ordained a Deacon

On Wednesday evening, May 15th, Brother Macario was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Jerome Hanus.  During the summer he will serve at St. Peter's Church in Stanberry, Missouri.

Diaconate Ordination

Priesthood Ordination 2013

Two Monks Ordained to the Priesthood

On Thursday evening, May 16th, Father Victor Schinstock and Father Paul Sheller were ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.  Fr. Victor completed his theological studies in preparation for the priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary.  Fr. Paul graduated on May 10th from St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  Family, friends, and the monastic community gathered in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for the joyful occasion.  Please continue to pray for vocations.

Ordination

Pictured above:  Father Victor, Abbot Gregory, Archbishop Jerome, Abbot Marcel, Father Paul

Newly Ordained

Fr. Victor and Parents

Pictured Above:  Father Victor and his parents

Blessing

Pictured Above:  Father Paul blesses his parents

The Fall-Winter 2012 Issue of Tower Topics is Here!

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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.

The Summer 2012 Issue of Tower Topics is Here!

 To view this on your mobile phone, click here!

August 5th: 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 15th: 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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.

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.

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.

June 23rd: Tractor Cruise

 

 

On Saturday, June 23rd Conception Abbey hosted a morning break for
the 7th Annual Heart of America Tractor Club Cruise. The cruise began and
ended on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville and traveled
through the communities of Bedford, Conception, Guilford, Barnard and Maryville. The funds
raised by this year's cruise went to support the Muscular Dystrophy Camp, Camp Encourage, the
Special Olympics and the Abrielle Neff Foundation. To view more photos from the tractor cruise, click here.

 

 

 

 

June 20th: Br. George's Birthday

On Wednesday, June 20th we celebrated Br. George's 90th Birthday.
There was a small party held in St. Stephen's Health Center with cake and punch. Happy Birthday Br. George!
To view more photos of Br. George's birthday party, click here.

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.

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.

June 11th: Camp Quality

On Monday, June 11th twelve Conception Abbey
employees volunteered at Northwest Missouri's Camp
Quality, a camp for kids with cancer. The group worked in
the kitchen to prepare, serve and cleanup breakfast and lunch
for the campers, their helpers and the camp staff. The abbey group
enjoyed helping out and hope to be able to do the same again next year.
To view more photos from the abbey's volunteer day at Camp Quality, click here.

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.

Recognitio Received From Rome, Revised Grail Psalter Approved

King DavidBy Jarrod Thome, Director of Communications
Edited by Br. Jude Person, O.S.B.

On Friday, 9 April 2010, the Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli, Bishop of Paterson, NJ, and Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, informed the bishops of the United States that The Revised Grail Psalms had received an official recognitio from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. This final approval, dated 19 March 2010, makes The Revised Grail Psalms the official English-language liturgical Psalter for the United States. These Psalm texts will thus be the ones used in all future editions of liturgical books published for the United States, and, as it happens, for most other English-language countries as well. In his letter Bishop Serratelli expressed his gratitude for this work undertaken by the monks of Conception Abbey under the direction of Abbot Gregory J. Polan, O.S.B., producing this translation which is to play such an important part in the liturgy in years to come.

This revision of the 1963 Grail Psalms was undertaken by the monks of Conception at the request of the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy (now the Committee on Divine Worship). In a process taking over ten years to complete, the Grail Psalms were revised (and re-translated where necessary), bringing them in line with up-to-date principles of Scripture scholarship, matters of authentic translation and requirements for appropriate rendering for liturgical use. Of particular concern was that this new version of the Psalms meet the requirements established in Liturgiam Authenticam, the 2001 Instruction issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments enunciating principles for preparing translations of liturgical texts.

Background

Without question, the Psalms are one of the most treasured components of Sacred Scripture. They voice our longing for the Infinite and resonate with the broad range of emotions that flow through our lives. As such, they have for ages been at the heart of Judeo-Christian worship—including the liturgical prayer that has been engaged by the Order of Saint Benedict for over fifteen centuries. Widely recognized as the father of western monasticism, Saint Benedict exhorted his followers to live by the motto ora et labora (“prayer and work”). In his Rule for Monks, he makes clear that the Psalms are an essential element of the ora of monastic life. To this day, Benedictines carry on the tradition of their founder, and the Order is well known for its dedication to the liturgy. It should be no surprise, then, that when the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship wanted a new translation of the Psalms, they approached a Benedictine monk to undertake this most important work. This monk was Abbot Gregory Polan of Conception Abbey, and his task was to revise the 1963 Grail Psalter.

What are the Grail Psalms?

In the years leading up to Vatican II, when the liturgy was still in Latin, moves were being made to foster greater participation on the part of the laity. Permission was granted to sing the Psalm responses of the Mass in the vernacular. Jesuit Father Joseph Gelineau prepared a French translation of the Psalms with a rhythm well suited to oral recitation and chant. In response to his work, a community of lay women in England formed a secular institute called The Grail which undertook an English translation of Fr. Gelineau’s work. Scholars and musicians worked on the project, and through the 1950s their work was released in a series of books, each containing the translations of a few Psalms. The full version of all 150 Psalms was finally released in 1963.

Just like their French predecessors, the 1963 Grail Psalms in English proved to be very well suited to choral recitation, singing and chanting. The Grail translation was soon incorporated into the English edition of the Liturgy of the Hours. Eventually, three other English versions of the Psalter were approved for use in the lectionary: those of the New American Bible, the Revised Standard Version, and the Jerusalem Bible.

Why was a new translation needed?

The 1963 Grail Psalms provided a comfortable transition from Latin to English; the translation was clear and easily understood, the text had a straightforward poetic rhythm and the Psalms could be recited and sung with ease. These qualities had been important objectives for the Ladies of the Grail when they had set about their work. While the 1963 Grail Psalter was highly suc­cess­ful in this regard, however, the decision to adhere to a specific rhythmic pattern had led them in places to paraphrase the original Hebrew rather than render a precise translation of the source texts. Since Vatican II, the Church has insisted that authenticity in translation requires accuracy.

Secondly, since the 1950s, when most of these Psalms were composed, much has happened in the area of biblical scholarship to enable us to understand better both the structure of Hebrew poetry and some of the more problematic texts. This scholarship makes a more accurate translation possible.

Additionally, and perhaps most significant for the Catholic in the pews, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in the instruction Liturgiam Authenticam (2001), mandates that a single consistent translation be used in all forms of the liturgy, which is currently not the case. Catholics will now hear the same version of the Psalms at Mass, in the Liturgy of the Hours, and in the texts for all books of the sacraments. Anywhere a Psalm is found in the liturgy here in the U.S. (and in most other English-speaking countries as well), it will be from the Grail Psalter as revised by the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey.

Some History of the Project

Why were the monks of Conception chosen to bring this work to fruition? The mere fact that Conception Abbey is a Benedictine monastery is a primary reason. But it was the particular combination of scholarly pursuits engaged by Abbot Gregory Polan that had prompted the initial request in June of 1998 from the U.S. Bishops Committee on the Liturgy (now the Committee on Divine Worship), and for the same reason he remained the obvious choice.

Abbot Gregory is first and foremost monk and abbot of Conception Abbey, and thus responsible for the spiritual and temporal welfare of his community. But he also has formal training as both a Scripture scholar and musician. He had translated a section of the Book of Isaiah for the Revised New American Bible, so the staff at the Bishops’ Conference, having been apprised of his musical background, recognized that his particular combination of talents suited him well to undertake the revision, such that the resulting text would retain those qualities that had made it so suitable for choral recitation, singing and chanting.

Abbot Gregory enlisted the help of other monks of Conception Abbey. After four years an initial draft was completed and brought before the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship in November 2002. It was there approved to undergo the rigorous process that would deem it an acceptable translation. The full assembly of the USCCB approved the use of The Revised Grail Psalms on 11 November 2008, in a vote of 203-5. The text was then sent off to the Vatican for final approval.

Until now, much of this has been old news as the Church has anxiously awaited the recognitio from Rome approving The Revised Grail Psalms. On Easter Monday, Msgr. Anthony Sherman, Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship, informed Abbot Gregory of the good news that the recognitio had been granted. Basking in the joyous light of Easter, the Church has yet another reason to let ‘Alleluia!’ resound.

What does this mean for the Church?

For Conception Abbey, the production of The Revised Grail Psalms is another response to the needs of the Church, in a manner that resonates directly with St. Benedict’s words “Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus” – “That in all things God may be glorified.” For the Faithful who attend any liturgy in English, The Revised Grail Psalms means consistency in what they’ll hear. For musicians and those who use the Psalms for choral recitation or chanting, it means a translation well suited to these uses while retaining integrity of translation. All in all, the consistency and fidelity to the ancient texts of the Psalms means that the Revised Grail Psalter will help promote a more effective, unified liturgy and catechesis.

As faithful souls glorify God with every utterance of these sacred verses, may the merits of this work reciprocate abundant blessings upon them and upon the Church.

To learn more about Conception Abbey, visit www.conceptionabbey.org.
To pre-order a copy of the Revised Grail Psalter when it becomes available, go to Conception Abbey’s Printery House website: www.printeryhouse.org

The copyright for The Revised Grail Psalms is held jointly by Conception Abbey and The Grail (England). GIA Publications serves as the international literary agent for this new version of The Grail Psalms.

New Campus Signs Installed

Campus Signs Give Guests New Direction

Earlier this week signs were placed at various location all over campus to clearly mark the buildings and help guests and seminarians alike get where they need to go.  The timing was rather fortuitous since new seminarians arrived on Wednesday.  Even though returning seminarians give them 'the grand tour,' it will be an easier adjustment for them to arrive to their destination on time.  Punctuality is a treasured monastic virtue.

June 3rd: 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.

Conception Abbey Celebrates Jubilarians

Conception Abbey has six monks celebrating their jubilees this year: Fr. Anthony Shidler - 70 years professed, Br. Blaise Bonderer, Fr. Quentin Kathol, Fr. Allan Stetz, and Fr. Isaac True all 50 years professed and Fr. Timothy Schoen - 25 years professed.  Congratulations!

Click on the pictures below to read individual stories on the monks celebrating their jubilee anniversaries this year.

 

Fr. Anthony Shidler

 Br. Blaise Bonderer Fr. Quentin Kathol

Fr. Allan Stetz Fr. Isaac True Fr. Timothy Schoen

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.

Engelberg Abbey Elects New Abbot

Saturday, November 27, 2010 Engelberg Abbey in Switzerland elected Father Christian Meyer,O.S.B. as their new abbot.  Abbot Christian is the 59th abbot of Engelberg Abbey, which dates back to 1120 and founded Conception Abbey in 1873.  The 43-year-old Abbot Christian was born in Basel, Switzerland, and served as pastor of the parish at Engelberg and professor of theology in the Abbey prep school.  Congratulations and many blessings to Abbot Christian!

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.

Merry Christmas

Christmas Blessings to you

From the Monks of Conception Abbey

For more Christmas Pictures, please click here

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.

Jan, 1, 2011: Happy New Year and Feast of Mary, Mother of God

The Monks of Conception Abbey wish you a Happy Feast of Mary, Mother of God and a New Year filled with God's richest blessings

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.

Local Paper Highlights a Piece of Abbey History

The local newspaper, The Maryville Daily Forum, recently featured a story about a piece of Abbey History. On Thanksgiving Day in 1946, Conception Abbey received a visit from the Empress Zita - empress of Austria and queen of Hungary. She presented the Abbey with a gift, a small yet elegant rosary, still on display here at Conception Abbey. To read the complete story click on the picture below.













May 17th: Br. Guerric Ordained Priest

Congratulations to the newly ordained priest of our monastic community, Fr. Guerric Letter, OSB! Fr. Guerric was
ordained on Thursday, May 17th by Bishop Robert Finn in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
Ut In Omnibus Glorificetur Deus. To view more photos from Fr. Guerric's ordination, click here.
 
 
 

A New Year's Tradition

In keeping with tradition Abbot Gregory joined the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, MO on January 1, 2011 for New Year’s Day Eucharist and dinner.

During his visit Abbot Gregory presented the Sisters with copies of the new "Revised Grail Psalms." Having received approval from Vatican officials and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the "Revised Grail Psalms" is now in publication at The Conception Abbey Printery House.

For more information or to order copies click here or call (800) 322-2737.
To read the Clyde Sisters account of their New Year's Day visit with Abbot Gregory click here.

 

 

  

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

May 16th: Brothers Paul & Victor Ordained Deacons

Congratulations to our Brothers Paul Sheller and Victor Schinstock who were ordained deacons on Wednesday,
May 16th in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Ut In Omnibus Glorificetur Deus.
To view more photos from the ordination, click here.

What does the Mass mean to a non-catholic?

One man answered that question after attending noon Mass here at Conception Abbey. Mr. Tim Suttle wrote an article about his visit that has now been picked up by various media outlets. An excerpt of the article and a link to the full story can be found below.

                                                                              

                                               An Evangelical Goes to Mass
                                                                                                        By: Tim Suttle

"Roman Catholic mass can be a stolid exercise, perhaps even more so during Midday Mass at Conception Abbey in rural Nodaway County, Missouri. Walking up the steps of the basilica I'm braced by the cold -- there's a foot of snow on the ground and the wind is whipping. I enter the building through great wooden doors to the sanctuary. Cast in subdued light, I'm hit with the warmth of the room. The smell of incense is immediate; the sacred space a menagerie of images.

Built in 1883, the abbey church is a basilica, a status granted only to churches of major importance in the regional life of Catholicism. There are paintings on every surface, and statues or columns in every sight-line. The Beuronese murals which line the top of each wall tell the story of God. Dipping my fingers in the basin at the back of the church, I cross myself and bow to the altar. There are several dozen people already seated, scattered about. While the organist quietly plays a prelude we kneel and pray, awaiting the procession."

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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. 

 

 

 

Feast of St. Scholastica

The Benedictine Sisters of Clyde joined us 1st for Vespers of their patron, St. Scholastica and then for a banquet meal in their honor. To see pictures from the Sisters visit in our Picture Gallery click here or to see the pictures and read comments from our friends on facebook click here.

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!

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.

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