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Conception Seminary College renews accreditation

Conception, Mo. — Conception Seminary College received a 10-year renewal of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission on June 3, 2024. This continues the high standard of accreditation that the seminary has always maintained. HLC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit…

Conception Seminary College releases Spring 2024 Dean’s List

CONCEPTION, Mo. – The Office of the Registrar at Conception Seminary College, in Conception, Missouri, announced the students named to the Dean’s List for the 2024 spring semester.   To be included on the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled as a full-time student and earn a 3.70 GPA or higher on at least…

Seminary Retreats begin Lenten Journeys

Following Jesus Christ is an adventure, and some would call it the greatest adventure there is. Seminarians, like us all, need a break in the routine to be reminded of such truths and to step back and reflect on our lives with gratitude. Our typical seminary Days of Recollection usually occur once a month and…

Prioritizing Healing to Form Healthy Priest

Each fall semester, the Formation Staff facilitates the “Holy and Life-Giving Seminar” for all new seminarians (men in the Propaedeutic Stage) culminating in the spring with a Healing Retreat for the entire student body. The purpose of the seminar is to form new seminarians with foundations of Christian spirituality for a life of prayer. Fr.…

Discipleship Stage Key For Priests of Tomorrow

The publication of the sixth edition of the Program for Priestly Formation (PPF) occasioned a tectonic shift for seminaries. We now have four stages: Propaedeutic and Discipleship (college), Configuration (graduate school), and Vocational Synthesis. For us at Conception Seminary College, it meant a lot of work to begin the Propaedeutic Stage. It seems to be…

Conception Seminary College releases Fall 2023 Dean’s List

CONCEPTION, Mo. – The Office of the Registrar at Conception Seminary College, in Conception, Missouri, announced the students named to the Dean’s List for the 2023 fall semester.   To be included on the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled as a full-time student and earn a 3.70 GPA or higher on at least…

Modeling “fiat” in priestly formation

  Fiat is Latin for “let it be done” according to Your will.  In other words, “Yes, Lord.” Seminarians arrive at Conception Seminary College because they have intentionally chosen to give God their fiat, to say yes to His call. To say “Yes, Lord, I will follow your call to discern the priesthood and to…

Blessed by his Pastoral Presence

I was looking for a diocesan priest to serve at Conception Seminary College as a spiritual director to the seminarians. Several priests from my home diocese of Tulsa had recommended Msgr. Patrick Gaalaas. A few weeks later, when I was visiting my family on vacation, my mother handed me a copy of the Eastern Oklahoma…

Conception Fall Production inspired by “dumb ideas”

Conception Seminary College will present The Dummest Play Ever by Brian D. Taylor as its annual fall theater production this year. The production is scheduled for October 27-29, 2023. In a series of silly scenes that will have you laughing at the “dumbness” in everything, the real question in the end is about what matters…

Journey to the Priesthood

Thank you to the monks for being true witnesses of what it looks like to fall in love with God the Father and His Holy Church. The total surrender and the Benedictine vow of constant conversion is something that serves as an inspiration to all of us. If we all become priests in our dioceses,…