fbpx

(660) 944-3100

Seminarian Blog

  • Young men encounter Experience With God’s Call

    [caption id="attachment_38114" align="alignright" width="400"] Encounter With God's Call gave young men a glimpse into life as a seminarian and to discern God's calling in their lives.[/caption] Encounter With God’s Call is a seminary discernment...

    Continue Reading →
  • Conception seminarians experience Hispanic culture

    Seminarians reflect on their weekend immersion experience Conception Seminary College seminarians traveled to a Des Moines, Iowa for a weekend experience immersed in a vibrant Hispanic community. Following are two of the seminarian's reflection on their...

    Continue Reading →
  • Conception Seminary travels to Mundelein Basketball Tournament

    Twelve men from Conception Seminary College traveled to Mundelein Seminary in Chicago for the 18th Annual Father Pat O’Malley Invitational Basketball Tournament held January 26-28, 2018. The Sons of Thunder were one of sixteen seminaries competing and...

    Continue Reading →
  • Encouragement for vocation discernment

    Fr. Xavier offers this reflection to young people discerning their vocation This past January, in announcing the Fall 2018 synod in Rome, on vocations, Pope Francis said: "We are not lacking young people who are very generous, who act in solidarity...

    Continue Reading →
  • Conception Seminary College Summary

    Conception Seminary College provides a unique setting for men discerning the call to Holy Orders to pursue their liberal arts education. Following the model of Jesus Christ, formation and conversion of heart are nurtured in the intimacy of community and...

    Continue Reading →
  • 5 Reasons to Visit a Catholic Seminary College

    5 Reasons to Visit a Catholic Seminary by Aaron Hooper, Junior, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Discerning a vocation to the priesthood can be difficult. Often you don’t know where to turn or who to ask for help. Visiting a Catholic seminary can...

    Continue Reading →
  • Sunday Reflection: 4th Sunday of Advent

    "A time of waiting and longing" by Jon Tolberd, a senior from the Diocese of Wichita in Kansas We are in the midst of one of the most joyful times of the year. It is almost Christmas. Christ is almost here. Houses are being fervently cleaned and decorated,...

    Continue Reading →
  • Sunday Reflection: “Rejoice in the Lord”

    Reflection for the Third Week of Advent By Johnnatan de José María Ibarra Juárez, Freshman from the Diocese of Amarillo "Gaudete in Domino semper" (Rejoice in the Lord always) are the words that the church sings today with a singular spirit of hope...

    Continue Reading →
  • Sunday Reflection: First Sunday of Advent

    "So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” 1st Sunday of Advent 1st Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5 2nd Reading: Romans 13: 11-14 Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44 This Sunday is the first week of Advent....

    Continue Reading →
  • Sunday Reflection: God’s Mercy

    Reflection over the Gospel Reading for Sunday, November 20, 2016: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universeby Upton Sewell, Sophomore from the Diocese of San Angelo.  I can only begin to wonder what it must have been like to look...

    Continue Reading →
  • Sunday Reflection: To Be Disciples

    by Sergio Legarreta, College 4 of the Diocese of El Paso These last months have been very controversial for many, but as Jesus said, “Do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end” (Luke 21:9). We have...

    Continue Reading →
  • Veterans Day and Vocations to Catholic Chaplaincy

    Today we celebrate Veterans Day, in honor of all veterans who have faithfully served this great nation. In light of this, Father Aidan Logan the Vocations Director with the Archdiocese for Military Service recently visited the campus of Conception. Father...

    Continue Reading →
  • Discerning the Priesthood after College

    The decision to discern a priestly vocation after graduating from college can be a difficult one by Casey Zimmerman, Pre-Theology I of the Diocese of Salina in Kansas “Why would you leave a stable, successful, enjoyable career for seminary? Wouldn’t...

    Continue Reading →
  • Sunday Reflection: Living the Faith

    Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time 1st Reading: 2 MC 7:1-2, 9-14 Gospel: LK 20:27-38 by Casey Zimmerman of the Diocese of Salina, Pre-Theology 1 In today first reading from 2 Maccabees, we hear the story of two of the seven Jewish brothers captured...

    Continue Reading →
  • Sunday Reflection: Love for the Marginalized

    Christ's example challenges us to love those less fortunate by Ben Rogers, seminarian for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Today, Sirach tells of God’s love for the orphans, weak, oppressed, and widows. This Old Testament teaching is echoed...

    Continue Reading →
  • Vocations are Supported by Families

    Vocations supported at Conception Seminary College's annual Family Weekend Discerning a priestly vocation, sometimes over six hours from home, can be challenging for both seminarians and their families. This is why Conception Seminary College hosted...

    Continue Reading →
  • A Community Cemented Together

    St. Michael's Hall open house brings community together Thursday, September 29, The Solemnity of the Holy Archangels, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael was the cause for a little revelry in the underclassmen dorms. The freshman and sophomore of Saint...

    Continue Reading →
  • Reflection on the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux

    “…Rejoice that your names are written in Heaven”   The following is a meditation on the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. The Gospel of the day was: Luke 10:17-24   Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited is packed with Catholic characters...

    Continue Reading →
  • 70 Donors Give Blood

    The blood drive at Conception Abbey and Seminary College held on Tuesday, September 20 brought in 70 donors! This was just shy of our record breaking 70 donors from last spring. Seminarians, monks, staff, and area residents of the Conception community...

    Continue Reading →
  • Graduate Pilgrimage: 2016

    4 Days. 30 Men. 1 Priest. We recently returned to Conception Seminary College from the Rector's Pilgrimage and thus, its time for a little blog update. The Rector's Pilgrimage is a chance for soon to be graduates of CSC to spend time with each other...

    Continue Reading →
  • Humans of Conception: Mark Famuliner

    Anyone at Conception Seminary College can see from a mile away (if Conception were a mile long) that Mark Famuliner is a country boy. From boots to Carhartt jacket to cowboy hat, you know that Mark comes from country roots. Although recognized around...

    Continue Reading →
  • Inside Scoop: Letting go of “Plan B”

    This obstacle is typically tough for most seminarians to overcome. In some ways, it is nearly impossible to let go of the idea of a Plan B entirely altogether, but there are things a seminarian can do to not let this temptation hinder growth within the...

    Continue Reading →
  • Inside Scoop: People will treat you differently

    Quitting the job, applying to seminary, purchasing my new four-volume breviary set, breaking the news to family and friends was exciting.  In my mind, it was only my simple response to God's call.  I prayed God spoke, and I answered his call to enter....

    Continue Reading →
  • Inside Scoop: Welcome to Conception!

    Seeing as the work and play of the summer months is threatening to wind down for many of us, it's high time we returnees sent out a welcome to all new seminarians coming to join us at Conception Seminary College! Those of us who will be coming back for...

    Continue Reading →
  • Mary: Our Hope and Our Comfort

    For today the Virgin Mother of God was assumed into heaven as the beginning and image of your Church’s coming to perfection and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people. (Preface for the Assumption, Roman Missal, Third Edition) Mary is...

    Continue Reading →
  • Sunday Reflection: Harden Not Your Hearts

    In today's First Reading we are presented with this question: "For what profit comes to a man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun?" Qooheleth, the protagonist of the book, Ecclesiastes, has had the thought many...

    Continue Reading →
  • Beyond Conception: Building Bridges

    This July has been an incredible experience of fun, leadership, service, and prayer.  I was accepted as one of four counselors for the Ulster Project in McPherson, KS.  The Ulster Project began in 1975 in the country of Northern Ireland as a peacemaking...

    Continue Reading →
  • Beyond Conception: A Pilgrimage Close to Home

    Like all other seminarians at Conception Seminary College, I am "home" for the summer. And by home, I mean in the Diocese of Davenport, IA. I am currently not at my real home, but sitting on this Sunday afternoon in a former convent turned retreat house...

    Continue Reading →
  • Beyond Conception: Prayer and Action

    Prayer and Action was created in the summer of 2006 to provide a "backyard mission experience" for the youth of the Diocese of Salina. Each week, a group of roughly 40-60 high school students show up and actively live out their faith by serving those...

    Continue Reading →
  • Avoiding Book Answers

    Jesus has a knack for avoiding “book” answers. When the scholar of the law in today’s Gospel asks Jesus about gaining eternal life, Jesus responds with a question: “What is written in the law?” The scholar gives a good answer, a “book” answer,...

    Continue Reading →
  • Sunday Reflection: Holy Joy

    Take a moment to think of something that brings you joy.  Maybe it’s a family member or a friend whose constant presence in your life makes you happy.  Maybe it’s a recent advancement in work or school.  Maybe it’s a simple, pleasant conversation...

    Continue Reading →
  • Beyond Conception: Cruz at Camp Tekakwitha

    This summer I was assigned to Camp Tekakwitha in Williamsburg, KS. It is operated by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and run by Deacon Dana Nearmyer and his wife Debbie Nearmyer. Deacon Nearmyer and his wife bring an intense energy to the camp...

    Continue Reading →
  • Companion Camp – An Important Experience

    A Benedictine monastery and a seminary college is an important place for high school boys to visit. A positive experience at such an impressionable age, even if only for the weekend, lends the opportunity to strengthen a young person’s faith and help...

    Continue Reading →
  • The Heart of the Cross is Love

    If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 There once was a man who lamented often in prayer about the weight and size of the cross he was asked to bear in this life. H would cry out to...

    Continue Reading →
  • Beyond Conception: Summer Formation at IPF

    This summer, myself and six other Conception Seminary College seminarians (five alumni) are attending the 9-week program known as the Institute for Priestly Formation.  [caption id="attachment_2204" align="alignleft" width="354"] CSC alumni and seminarians...

    Continue Reading →
  • A Reflection on Hearts

    In the last few days the liturgical calendar has been focused on hearts.  Friday was the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Saturday was the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and today the readings at Mass present us with a window into the Heart...

    Continue Reading →
  • Corpus Christi – May Our Adoration Never Cease

    Every day, upon altars of the Catholic Church throughout the world, Our Lord is made incarnate in the Most Holy Eucharist. We have heard this many times. “Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist,” “Jesus is in the tabernacle.” Reflect for a moment...

    Continue Reading →
  • Beyond Conception: Andrew G. Prepares for Prayer in Action

    During the summer months, many seminarians are given assignments in their home dioceses that are tailored to be enriching experiences to continue their formation outside the walls of Conception Seminary College.  Beyond Conception will be a weekly series...

    Continue Reading →
  • A Reflection on Graduation

    Continue Reading →
  • May Day 2016: Fun and Fraternity

    When I first came to Conception, I hadn’t participated in a Field Day (a day typically dedicated to playing as many sports as possible for as long as possible) since I was in 8th grade.  So when the end of the academic year rolled around and I had...

    Continue Reading →


Contact Us

Phone: (660) 944-3100
Fax: (660) 944-2811
communications@conception.edu

Location

37174 State Highway VV
Conception, MO 64433
Get Directions

Conception Abbey © All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy

Site Created by KC Web Specialists, LLC