Conception, Mo. – Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City visited Conception Abbey and Seminary College April 3-5, 2016. The archdiocese has five men pursuing priestly studies at Conception Seminary College.

On Monday’s Solemnity of the Annunciation, Archbishop Coakely celebrated Mass in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for the seminary and monastic communities.  During his homily, Abp. Coakley encouraged the two communities to reflect upon the Blessed Virgin’s total surrender to the will of God, something that each of us is continually called to imitate.

Archbishop Coakley was also able to visit privately with each of his seminarians and participate in the daily life of Conception Seminary College, including the annual celebration of Pastor’s Day.

“It was great hosting the Archbishop! Serving for him at Mass, sharing meals and having quality time to visit meant a lot to me. His spiritual leadership is something I am very appreciative of as a seminarian of the Archdiocese,” said Michael Krug, a freshman at CSC studying for the archdiocese.

Conception Seminary College is one of the largest free-standing seminaries in the U.S., and the main apostolate of the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey.  To find out more, visit us online at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@Seminary_Life).


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