Seminarian Blog

  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Jon Hynek

    Diocese? Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin Home Parish? St. Francis of Assisi Future plans after graduation? Continuing my formation at St. Francis de Sales Seminary, St. Francis, Wisconsin. Favorite memory from your time at Conception...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Joseph Hurdle

    Diocese? Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming Home Parish? St. Mary's Cathedral Future plans after graduation? Attend St. Meinrad School of Theology Favorite Memory from your time at Conception Seminary College? Walking around Lake Placid with the guys. Favorite...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: James Flattery

    Diocese? Diocese of Davenport, Iowa Home Parish? Immaculate Conception Future plans after graduation? Go on to theology at Mundelein Seminary Favorite Memory from your time at Conception Seminary College? Spending time around the table with Fr...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduate: Phil Novotny

    Diocese? Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska Home Parish? Mary Our Queen Catholic Church Future plans after graduation? Continuing on to theological studies at Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis. Favorite Memory from your time at Conception...

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  • Abbey Basilica Anniversary

    Today we celebrate 125 years of the Dedication of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Our historic basilica church was dedicated on May 10, 1891. It has served as the place of worship and encounter with God.It is a space of beauty and grandeur....

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  • Running the Race: Abbey Trails 2016

    [gallery ids="1922,1921" type="rectangular"] I’ve got the shoes. I’ve got the race number across my chest. But I am not a runner. Conception Abbey’s annual 5k Run, Abbey Trails, was a chance for me to try. I have never been a runner, but always...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Tomas Sandoval

    Diocese? Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Home Parish? St. Monica's Catholic Church Future plans after graduation? Continuing on to theological studies at St. John Vianney in Denver, Colorado. Favorite Memory from your time at...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Br. Damian, CMC

    Religious Order / Diocese? Congregation of Mary Co-Redemptrix / Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Home Parish? Saint Adalbert Future plans after graduation? Stay at The Congregation of The Mother Co-Redemptrix for discernment, formation, and...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Mauricio Tovar

    Diocese? Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska Home Parish? Divine Mercy Future plans after graduation? I am looking forward to continue discerning priesthood and purse theological studies. Favorite Memory from your time at Conception Seminary College? My...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Nicholas Newton

    Diocese? Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Home Parish? Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Future plans after graduation? Continue on to theology at Saint Meinrad School of Theology Favorite Memory from your time at Conception Seminary College? Talking...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Jonathan Fox

    Diocese? Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas Home Parish? Saint John the Evangelist in Lawrence, Kansas Future plans after graduation? Attend Kenrick Seminary Favorite Memory from your time at Conception Seminary College? Chilling at Gaudeamus Favorite...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Brad Distler

    Diocese? Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri Home Parish? St. Martin's Catholic Church Future plans after graduation? Go to Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for theology studies. Favorite Memory from your time at Conception Seminary College? Playing...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Keith Chadwick

    Diocese? Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas Home Parish? Sacred Heart Future plans after graduation? Attend Kenrick Seminary in Saint Louis Favorite course you took at CSC? The Faith in Literature with Brother Jude What will you miss the most...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Ty Taylor

    Diocese? Diocese of Wichita Home Parish? Saint Michael the Archangel Mulvane, Kansas Future plans after graduation? To attend Kenrick Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri Favorite Memory from your time at Conception Seminary College? Laughing...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Kevin Lenius

    Diocese? San Angelo Home Parish? Holy Family (Abilene, TX) Future plans after graduation? Theology School: St. Mary's Seminary (Houston, TX) Favorite Memory from your time at Conception Seminary College? During May Day of my Junior year, all...

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  • CSC 2016 Graduates: Hayden Charles

    Diocese? The Catholic Diocese of Wichita Home Parish? Saint Francis of Assisi Future plans after graduation? Go to Mundelein Seminary to continue my priestly formation. Favorite Memory from your time at Conception Seminary College? "t's really...

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  • Freshmen Class Outing — Listen, my Son

    Fr. Paul, Freshmen Chaplain, wrote this for the monastic blog, "Listen, my Son"  - Check out what the freshmen of Conception Seminary College were up to last weekend! Every year the different classes in the seminary college will organize a class outing....

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  • Humans of Conception: Dr. Liz McGrath

    The "Humans of Conception" series will feature a variety of seminarians, faculty and staff, monks, and others who help make Conception Seminary College a place where our motto is lived out: "Caritas christi urget nos - The love of Christ compels us."...

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  • Let Us Be Moved! – Easter Reflection

    Praised Be Jesus Christ, Our Risen King! In the second volume of his Jesus of Nazareth writings, Pope Benedict XVI speaks about the Resurrection as “an evolutionary leap.” It is the opening up of a new life that Jesus has accomplished through His...

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  • Let God Find You In the Stillness – Holy Saturday Reflection

    Today is the only day in the liturgical calendar that we have no celebration of the Eucharist.  So, how shall we worship God today?  It will take great courage to remain in the restlessness of today.  It will be tempting to jump ahead to tomorrow....

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  • Jesus Wept For You – Good Friday Reflection

    Today is the quietest day in seminary, not only because it is a scheduled silent retreat, but also because we are caught up in our own sinfulness. On this day more than any other, I am confronted with the fact of my sinfulness, with all the times that...

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  • God’s Extravagant Love – Reflection by Fr. Brendan

    When children want to express the extravagance of their love for their parents, or someone dear to them, they often extend their arms as wide as possible and cry out: “I love you this much!”  That simple gesture suggests a child’s love for her...

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  • Judas’ Question – Reflection by Paul B.

    “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?” Judas asks Jesus in today’s Gospel reading. Isn’t this question, almost declaration, what we ask each time we refuse to recognize the wrong we do? “It’s not that bad,” we assert, “I’m not really messing up.”...

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  • Hispanic Ministry Weekend: Un Fin de Semana en Fotos – A weekend in pictures

      This past weekend, the seniors took another trip, this time to Our Lady of the Americas Parish in Des Moines, Iowa to experience a taste of Hispanic immersion, ministry, and some comida muy buena (very good food).  Our Lady of the Americas is...

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  • A Cristo hay que predicarlo con toda su intensidad! – Bilingual reflection by Emmanuel G.

    La pasión y muerte de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, nos dirige a considerar dos cosas: la maldad de los hombres que estaban empeñados en acabar con el Justo, y el amor infinito de Jesús. El pecado es la entrada del hombre hacia la muerte, sin embargo,...

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  • Palm Sunday Celebration: Holy Week Begins

    Holy Week has officially kicked off at Conception Abbey and Seminary College! United with the Universal Church, the seminarians of Conception Seminary College, the monks of Conception Abbey, and a good number of guests (including RCIA candidates on retreat)...

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  • An Invitation to Holy Week – by Ben Snyder

    Come, let us join Mary at the feet of Christ. Let us not count the cost of our love. Let us run to our Lord for the days are coming when we re-enter the horrors of the Passion. For now, let us take the ointment from our fasting and prayer this season...

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  • Palm Sunday Reflection: “I will draw all people to myself” By: Father Peter

    This is the week spring begins; the moon is full, and it is time again to celebrate our passing over with the Lord.  On Palm Sunday, we bless palm branches and hear the account of Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem amid cries of “Hosanna.”...

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  • Ite ad Joseph – Go to Joseph

    Guardian of the Holy Family Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Scripture reveals that the Saint was a righteous man. Learning of his wife’s conceived child before they had lived together, he...

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  • God is Our Champion – Reflection by Fr. Pat York

    “But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.” Jeremiah 20:11 It’s uniquely human to struggle and to doubt. To go through life without occasions of doubt, to go through life without struggling...

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  • Coffee Shop From Center Stage: A Timeline

    7:00 PM – At the moment, St. Michael’s Gym is empty except for a few guys making sure all of the technical stuff is working.  In an hour, the gym will be full and I will be telling all of the jokes, or at least trying to tell all the jokes James...

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  • Driving Out the Snakes – Reflection by Dave Sotelo

    Today the Church celebrates the life of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.  St. Patrick was a missionary and bishop who was kidnapped at young age by Irish riders.  The Saint later escaped slavery and returned to his homeland.  Eventually, St....

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  • Trial by Fire – Reflection by Jeanette Schieber

    In today’s first reading we hear the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refusing to worship or serve the King’s god. The King becomes furious, and had them bound and cast into the white-hot furnace. When the King looks into the fire, he is...

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  • CSC Board of Regents Meet: Focus on Strategic Plan

    The Board of Regents of Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo. held their annual spring meeting March 11-12 in St. Maur Hall on the CSC campus. Charged with the goal of preparing Roman Catholic priests to serve an ever-changing world, the Board...

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  • Stagnancy In Lent – By Charles Peirano

    The Pharisees in today’s Gospel are confronted with their lacking of gratitude and caring. This can remind us to reflect on how we have lacked during this Sacred Season of Lent, which is almost over! Don't be disheartened by what you haven't done this...

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  • A Reflection on Penitence – by Cesar Gomez

    “Me hieren más las pequeñas imperfecciones de las almas elegidas que los pecados de las almas que viven en el mundo.” (Diario de Santa Faustina, 580) La Escritura nos dice que en el juicio de Jesús los soldados  le pusieron una corona de espinas,...

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  • Encounters With Jesus – Lenten Reflection by Jon Tolberd

    Encounters with Jesus normally left the person who went to Jesus somewhat confounded, and I often wonder what the adulteress felt and thought of when she was standing in front of Jesus waiting for those stones to hit her. I am sure there were a lot of...

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  • Taking Refuge in God – Lenten Reflection by Dr. McGrath

    Responsorial Psalm:  O Lord, My God, in you I take refuge Many of us don’t relate to the concept of a refuge.  We think of refugees – those in need of a refuge – as people fleeing from terrorists or dictators.  But we can be more dangerous to...

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  • Don’t Give Up – Lenten Reflection by Sergio Legarreta

    We are in the fourth week of Lent. That is a little more than half way to Easter. At this point, temptation for giving up our Lenten resolutions grows, and the desire for a dessert grows even more. If you know that your friend gave up dessert for Lent,...

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