Inside Scoop

Rising to the Challenge for the Church

An unfortunate reality in the worldwide Church is that many young men leave the priesthood after being ordained, typically within the first five years. Additionally, the culture the men are being asked to serve in or from which they are entering seminary is becoming increasingly hostile to traditional Christian values. Something needs to change to…

Leading Them to Christ

St. Paul explains to the Corinthians the role of the ministers who are preaching and teaching the Gospel to them. He writes, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth” (1 Cor 3:6-7). Seminary…

Brothers On and Off the Court

With months of practices and scrimmages under our belts, class-absence green-sheets submitted, and a quick jump start for one of the Abbey vans, the basketball team rolled out on Thursday, January 26, headed for Mundelein seminary and the 21st Annual Fr. Pat O’Malley Invitational. Eight hours later, we rolled onto a snowy campus, a little…

Conception Seminary College releases Spring 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 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…

Conception Seminary College releases Fall 2022 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 2022 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…

Brothers Living in Unity

It was a cool April morning, around 7 a.m., shortly after the seminarians prayed the Office of Readings in their Holy Cross Oratory. Suddenly came the sound of an excavator rolling in next to St. Maur Hall, positioning itself at the north end of St. Benedict Hall. Then, there was the sound of crashing, broken…

Order Up! Conception Seminary College to host fall annual play

Conception Seminary College will present its annual theater production, entitled Order Up!, by Kamron Klitgaard. The production is scheduled for November 4-6, 2022. When it comes to fast food, people are particular—very particular. In this quick succession of quirky customers, the Order Up! Restaurant takes on everything from weird food allergies to fanatical health inspectors,…

Deacon Formation Extends Seminary Mission

Conception Abbey and Seminary College inaugurated the Deacon Formation Program in 1989 to provide the theological training for candidates preparing for the permanent diaconate. This formation consists of 13 courses on a variety of theological subjects. Candidates earn undergraduate credit, and their spouses can audit courses or receive credit as well. The program responds to…

Commit Your Way to the Lord

When I reflect upon my time at Conception Seminary College, I am filled with utmost gratitude for the constant outpourings of God’s grace upon my brothers and me as we prepare to lay down our lives at the service of Christ. Upon entering the seminary, I viewed my own formation as something I had to…

What Role Does Conception Play in Forming a Priest?

Adapting to what holy Mother Church asks of us and what needs our seminarians present in every age has marked over a century of Conception Abbey’s work of preparing men to be parish priests.  Conception Seminary College is a school. We offer a fully accredited college program. However, that is only one-fourth of what we…