September 3rd: The Feast of St. Gregory the Great

Father, you guide your people with kindness and govern us with love.
By the prayers of Saint Gregory give the spirit of wisdom to those you
have called to lead your Church. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Today we are keeping in prayer our Father Abbot Gregory
who is honoring the memory of his holy patron. Saint Gregory, pray for him.

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August 28th: The Feast of St. Augustine

God of mercy, comfort those in sorrow, the tears of Saint Monica moved you to convert her son Saint Augustine to the faith of Christ.
By their prayers, help us to turn from our sins and to find your loving forgiveness. Grant this through Christ our Lord.

August 24th: The Feast of St. Bartholomew

Lord, sustain the faith which made St. Bartholomew ever loyal to Christ.
Let your Church be the sign of salvation for all the nations of the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Storms Hits Conception

Conception Monks and Seminarians cleaned up after a series of storms bringing severe winds, rain, and hail hit campus on Thursday, August 18th.  The damages included numerous broken trees and branches, broken windows in the dormitories, and minor hail damage and dents.  Perhaps the worst damage incurred was to the local farmers and their crops.  Fortunately there were no injuries.  We are grateful to the seminarians for their help in the large clean up effort on Friday.


August 15th: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

All-powerful and ever-living God, you raised the sinless Virgin Mary, mother of your Son,
body and soul to the glory of heaven. May we see heaven as our final goal
and come to share her glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

To see pictures from the Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, click here or visit us on facebook!

Conception Abbey Welcomes Two New Novices

Sunday, August 14, 2011 Conception Abbey welcomed two new novices into their monastery, Novice James Chinn and Novice Daniel Friedel. Welcome!

If you would like to view more pictures from the novices entrance into the novitiate, just click here of visit us on facebook!




August 6: The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

God our Father, in the transfigured glory of Christ your Son, you strengthen our faith by confirming the witness of your prophets, and show us the splendor of your beloved sons and daughters. As we listen
to the voice of your Son, help us to become heirs to eternal life with him who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

August 4th: The Feast of St. John Vianney

Through the intercession of St. John Vianney, may God give to His Church today many more priests after
His own Heart. May all priests serve with fidelity and compassion and be ministers of reconciliation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.St. John Vianney...Pray for us!

Requiescat in Pace, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

We are saddened to hear of the passing of His Excellency, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio
to the United States. He was scheduled to be our keynote speaker for our fall alumni reunion.
We pray for the nuncio's family and for the repose of his soul. Requiescat in pace.

July 26: Memorial of Saints Joachim and Ann, Parents of Mary

God of our fathers, you gave Saints Joachim and Ann the privilege of being the parents of Mary, the mother of your incarnate Son. May their prayers help us attain the salvation you have promised to your people.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

July 25: Feast of St. James

Almighty Father, by the martyrdom of St. James you blessed the work of the early Church.
May his profession of faith give us courage and his prayers bring us strength.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

July 22: Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene

Father, your Son first entrusted to Mary Magdalene the joyful news of his resurrection.
By her prayers and example may we proclaim Christ as our living Lord and one day see him in glory,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

July 15: Memorial of St. Bonaventure

All-powerful Father, may we who celebrate the feast of St. Bonaventure always benefit from his wisdom and follow the example of his love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Oblate Work & Pray Weekend 2011 Was A Success!

We here at Conception Abbey were once again blessed with a successful Oblate Work & Pray Weekend!
Once a year our oblates give of their time and talents to help out with work around campus. 
A special thanks to those who were able to attend this year and in years past.

To view more pictures from our online album of the 2011 Oblate Work & Pray weekend, please click here or visit us on facebook!


July 11, 2011: Feast of St. Benedict

God our Father, you made St. Benedict an outstanding guide to teach men how to live in your service.
Grant that by preferring your love to everything else, we may walk in the way of your commandments.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

 Lord God, give us the strengh and love of the heart of Your Son that, by becoming one with Him,
we may have eternal salvation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

To view more pictures of the Sacred Heart banner on our online album,
please click here or visit us on facebook!

Archbishop Coakley receives pallium from the Holy Father

On the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the President of our seminary Board of Regents, His Excellency, Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City received the pallium from The Holy Father.

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Lord our God, encourage us through the prayers of Saints Peter and Paul.
May the apostles who strengthened the faith of the infant Church help us on our way of salvation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Corpus Christi Sunday

Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering and death. May our worship of this sacrament of your body and blood help us to experience the salvation you won for us and the peace of the kingdom where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Abbey Guest House Blessing: June 20, 2011

Monday, June 20th

Blessing of the Abbey Guest House

The monks of Conception Abbey gathered for the blessing and ground-breaking of the new Abbey Guest House.  Abbot Gregory presided over the ceremony as the monks, employees, benefactors, and friends prayed for the Lord's blessing upon the new construction, the safety of the workers, and for all who will benefit from the guest house in the future.

For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.  -1 Corinthians 3

Pictures by Br. Macario and Br. Paul

To view more pictures from the Abbey Guest House Blessing, click here!

Companion Camp 2011

Companion Camp 2011 took place Friday, June 17th through Sunday, June 19th. This year Conception Seminary College welcomed 44 campers. The weekend was a successful celebration of faith, fellowship, and fun.  Campers enjoyed activities ranging a variety of interests.  Among the favorites were dodgeball, fishing, the 72 foot inflatable obstacle course, and the evening Adoration and Reconcilation service.  14 high school young men (many of whom were former campers) signed up to help with camp for the weekend.  They assisted monks and seminarians as co-team leaders, dishwashers, and led in different capacities to ensure that the campers had a positive and fruitful weekend.

To see more pictures from Companion Camp 2011, click here or visit us on facebook!

Next year's Companion Camp will be held June 15th-17th, 2012


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity


Father, you sent your Word to bring us truth and your Spirit to make us holy. Through them we come to know the mystery of your life. Help us to worship you, one God in three Persons, by proclaiming and living our faith in you. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Pentecost Sunday

Almighty and ever-living God, you fulfilled the Easter promise by sending us your Holy Spirit.
May that
Spirit unite the races and the nations on earth to proclaim your glory. We ask this
through Christ our Lord.

Br. Guerric Ordained Deacon

On Thursday evening, May 17th, Br. Guerric Letter, OSB was ordained by His Excellency, Bishop Joseph Carron, C.PP.S. (Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Des Moines).  Br. Guerric's friends, family, and monastic confreres were present for the beautiful liturgical celebration and joyful occasion.  After a brief home visit with family, Br. Guerric will begin his diaconate service this summer by ministering at St. Gregory Barbarigo parish in Maryville, Missouri.  In August, he will return to St. Meinrad Seminary to finish his final year of theology in preparation for his priestly ordination.

















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CSC Graduation 2011

Conception Seminary College

Graduation 2011

The Commencement and Honors Assembly took place on Saturday, May 14th, at 2:00pm in the Abbey Basilica, filled with friends and family. It was truly a joyous and momentous occasion. Congratulations to our graduates! For more pictures, please click here to view our picture gallery or visit Conception Seminary College on Facebook

Bachelor of Arts Recipients

Joshua Edward Barlett

David Andreas Jude Bauer

Andrew Thomas Bina

Geoffrey Alan Brooke Jr.

Devin T. Burns

Christopher W. M. Ciaffa

Adam Leo Droll

Alexander Joseph Gorges

Justin Michael Hamilton

Ignatius Hoang Hai Dang, DMC

Andrew Michael Horn

Brian Emil Jilka

Ryan William Koster

George Matthew Krastel

Michael Anthony Kuper

John Paul Lewis

Edward Lee Looney

Andrew Joseph Augustine Mattingly

Tuan Duc Nguyen

Matthew Joseph Niggemeyer

Ignacio Olvera Ortiz

Ryan Hernandez Rojo

Thomas Michael Shows

Mitchell Haig Simpson

Joseph Roland Sund

Luke Kevin Thielen

Ignatius Tran Hien Vuong, CMC

Curt Manuel Vogel IV

Bachelor of Philosophical & Theological Studies

Patrick Michael LaPacz

James Mathew Thomason

Pre-Theology Certificate

John Hiep Xuan Nguyen

Language, Culture & Church Program

Alan Roberto Renteria Renteria

Edgar Gerardo Rodriguez Flores

Pedro Fernando Pablo Sebastian

Juan Manuel Salas Alanis

120th Anniversary of the Abbey Basilica


To view a video made to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of our Abbey Basilica you can click on the photo or just click here.

3rd Sunday of Easter

God our Father, may we look forward with hope to our resurrection, for you have made us your sons and daughters and restored the joy of our youth. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Our Brush With Royalty

With the Royal Wedding in the news, here is our own brush with royalty. In 1946 Empress Zita of Austria and her daughter visited Conception Abbey. They came to pay their respects to our Fr. Lucas Etlin's grave for his fund raising efforts to support war torn Austria. They attended a Pontifical High Mass and because of her apostolic consecration, a chair and prie-dieu were placed in the sanctuary for her.



May 3rd: The Festival of Apostles Philip & James


God our Father, every year you give us joy on the festival of the apostles Philip and James. By the help of their prayers may we share in the suffering, death, and resurrection of your only Son and come to the eternal vision of your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Saint Athanasius


Father, you raised up Saint Athanasius to be an outstanding defender of the truth of God's divinity. By his teaching and protection may we grow in your knowledge and love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Blessed John Paul II


O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the Blessed John Paul II should preside as Pope over your universal Church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind. Who lives and reigns.

Divine Mercy Sunday


God of mercy, you wash away our sins in water, you give us new birth in the Spirit, and redeem us in the blood of Christ. As we celebrate Christ's resurrection increase our awareness of these blessings, and renew your gift of life within us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Easter Monday

Father of love, source of all blessings, help us to pass from our old life of sin to the new life of grace. Prepare us for the glory of your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Easter Vigil: Postlude

  After a three hour Easter Vigil which started at 4:30 in the morning on Easter Sunday, we finish with this
  postlude. Enjoy. Happy Easter! He is Risen! Alleluia!

  To view a video of our Easter Sunday Postlude, you can click on the photo or just click here.

Easter Offertory

  Click on the photo to the left or click here to view a video of our Easter Offertory.....enjoy! ALLELUIA!!!!!!!!

Easter Vigil: The Gloria

  When the Old Testament Readings are finished at the Easter Vigil, the Gloria is sung,  to view its introit you can
  click on the photo or click here.

Holy Saturday 2nd Responsory

  To view a video of our Holy Saturday 2nd Responsory at Morning Prayer, you can click on the photo or click here.

Holy Saturday 1st Responsory

  To view a video of our Holy Saturday 1st Responsory at Morning Prayer, you can click on the photo or click here.

The Veneration of The Cross

  To view a video of the arrangement sung during the veneration of the cross on Good Friday, you can click on the photo
  or click here.

Good Friday


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

Holy Thursday - The Triduum Has Begun

  Conception Seminary Choir sang a beautiful piece Holy Thursday when the Blessed Sacrament was placed in
  the Repose Altar.
  To see the video you can click on the photo or just click here.

16th Annual Abbey Trails 5K Run/2 Mile Walk & Health Fair


The 16th Annual Abbey Trails 5K Run/2 Mile Walk & Health Fair took place this last Saturday, April 16th bringing 226 runners and walkers to the Conception Abbey & Seminary College Campus. This year's event drew 136 people for the 2 Mile Walk and 90 people for the 5K run. Participants enjoyed a brunch and the top three finishers in various age groups received prizes.

Jeremy Covey of Maryville, MO was the overall winner in the men’s category for this year, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 18:51, followed in second place by Anthony Davidson of Maryville, MO at 19:22.

The women’s overall winner was Lindsey Derr of Maryville, MO who finished at 22:04, followed by Amy Holtman of Ravenwood, MO at 22:19.

The age-group winners in the men’s 5K were: Trevor Smothers (13 and under); Benjamin Sporleder (14-19) Anthony Davidson (20-29); Jon Doolittle (30-39); John Jasinski (40-49); Tony Jennings (50-59); Rusty Fithen (60-69).

The age-group winners in the women’s 5K were: Isabelle Mitchell (13 and under); Jullian Weeks (14-19); Rebecca Killgore (20-29); Amy Holtman (30-39); Judy Frueh (40-49); Shari Staehling (50-59).

In the two-mile walk participants estimated their completion time before the event and then tried to finish closest to that time.

The age-group winners in the men’s 2-mile walk were: Jacob New (13 and under), no winner in this category (14-19); no winner in this category (20-29); no winner in this category (30-39); Sean Joyce (40-49); Fr. Samuel Russell, OSB (50-59); Lawrence Boettcher (60-69); Dennis Wessling (70 and up).

The age-group winners in the women’s 2-mile walk were: Gracie Wilson (13 and under); no winner in this category (14-19), Keysa Cummins (20-29); Stacey Mattson (30-39); Diane Jensen (40-49); Sue Swinford (50-59); Delsa Brooks (60-69); and Winnie Hummer (70 and over).

The proceeds from Abbey Trails go to promote healthy lifestyles among the monks, seminarians and the surrounding communities. Since we are physical, intellectual, and spiritual beings, we here at Conception Abbey acknowledge exercise as an important factor in maintaining a balanced and healthy life. One of the ways we do that is through our annual Abbey Trails event.

Next year’s Abbey Trails is scheduled for April 21, 2012. For more information on Abbey Trails contact Jenny Huard at (660) 944-2823, or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To see more pictures from the 2011 Abbey Trails Event, click here.

To see a full listing of runners/walkers times/results, click here.

Tuesday of Holy Week

   Father, may we receive your forgiveness and mercy as we celebrate the 
 passion and death of the Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy 
 Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday of Holy Week

  All-powerful God, by the suffering and death of your Son, strengthen and 
 protect us in our weakness. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
 Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
 and ever. Amen.

Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Having a Great Time for a Great Cause

Pictured above are our friends and neighbors Sister Ruth (left) joined by
Prioress General Sister Pat (center) and Sister Nancy Rose, Benedictine
Sisters of Perpetual Adoration from nearby Clyde, MO. All three sisters participated in our 16th Annual Abbey Trails event which took place last
Saturday, April 16th here on the campus of Conception Abbey. The Sisters entered the 2-mile walk portion of the event. Due to heavy rains on Friday,
they had to walk around the campus instead of along hiking trails. But it
was still a great time for a great cause.

To learn more about the sisters you can visit their website

Palm Sunday

Many blessings to all of you on one of the holiest weeks in the Church.
View our Palm Sunday video by clicking on the photo or by visiting us on facebook!

Tower Topics Spring 2011 Now Online!

The Spring 2011 issue of Tower Topics is currently in the final stages of the printing process, but you can get a jump start on reading the new issue by clicking on the photo below!


Rose Cope for Laetare Sunday

‎4th Sunday of Lent - Father of peace, we are joyful in your Word, your Son Jesus Christ, who reconciles us to you. Let us hasten to our Easter with the eagerness of faith and love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. We are now half way through Lent, to see more pictures of the Rose Cope worn for Laetare Sunday click on the photo or click here.

Welcome Bishop John Brungardt!

His Excellency, Bishop John Brungardt of the Diocese of Dodge City, was the presider at Eucharist on Wednesday, March 30. He is the new bishop of Dodge City and came to Conception to visit his seminarians studying in our college. Welcome Bishop John Brungardt!

To see more pictures from Bishop Brungardt's visit click on the picture or click here.


107 Candidates Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation


Conception Abbey welcomed 107 confirmation candidates and their families Sunday, March 27, 2011 to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop Robert W. Finn confirmed the 107 candidates that were from 5 different parishes in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese – St. Gregory Barbarigo in Maryville, St. Columba in Conception Jct., St. Peter’s in Stanberry, St. Joseph’s in Parnell, and St. Patrick’s in Ford City. The position of pastor in each of these parishes if filled by the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey including: Fr. Martin, Fr. Allan, Fr. Aidan, and Fr. Sebastian. Congratultions to all the candidates!

To veiw more pictures from the Confirmation Ceremony click the photo above or click here.

"Damien" The Play Performed by Mr. Reid Sasser

A special thank you to The American Showcase Theatre Company and Mr. Reid Sasser for his performace as St. Damien in the play "Damien" by Aldyth Morris, Sunday, March 27, 2011. The very engaging one man play was well received by all, Bravo!

To view pictures from Mr. Sasser's performace click on the photo below or click here.


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