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.

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.

 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Welcome Bishop William Dendinger!

Saturday, March 19 CSC 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.

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)

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)

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.

The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

                                 

Friday, March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. God our Father, your Word became man and was born of the Virgin Mary. May we become more like Jesus Christ, whom we acknowledge as our redeemer, God and man. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
To view photos of the Annunciation Mass click here.

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.

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 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.

"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.

                                    

April 19th: Ad Multos Annos


Ad Multos Annos. Happy 7th Anniversary Holy Father!

The Spring 2012 Issue of Tower Topics is Here!

 To view this on your mobile phone, click here!

April 16th: Ad Multos Annos


Ad multos annos. Happy 85th Birthday Holy Father!

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.

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)

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.

 

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.

April 11th: Wednesday of Easter Week

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat.

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!

              

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 the Easter Vigil Mass

 

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

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.

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

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 www.clydemonastery.org.

April 7th: Holy Saturday Hymns

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

 

 

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!

April 6th: Good Friday Passion Rehearsal

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

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.

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.

April 6th: 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.

April 5th: Holy Thursday Hymns

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

 


Good Friday

                                                               

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Easter Offertory

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

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.

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.

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