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  • Young men encounter Experience With God’s Call Encounter With God’s Call is a seminary discernment experience for high school juniors through recent college graduates (ages 16-25). During Encounter, the participants further discern the call to priesthood and learn about college seminary life. Throughout the weekend, participants pray, meet, and relax with seminarians. Together we all seek to listen for God’s voice and our call. Jesse ... 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 experience. by Hugo Rodriguez, a seminarian of the Diocese of Davenport in Iowa This past weekend I along with my sophomore class ... 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 ended the tournament defeating Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary with a score of 40 to 7 in a ... 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 and are involved on a religious and social level, young people who seek a real spiritual ... 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 deepened by the discipline of prayer in the Benedictine tradition. Programs Offered Conception Seminary College has a ... 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 actually help in this discernment process. This is why Conception Seminary College offers a ... 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, so as to look immaculate from when relatives come over. ... 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 and faith because our Savior is near. Our hearts have been preparing for two ... 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. Perhaps at your parish the advent wreath is going up. The ... 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 at Jesus on the Cross and hear him say the words to ... 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 to learn from the past and continue on with the ... 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 Aidan stated that over a million members are serving in the military and less than ... 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 that waste your college degree and experience?” These were the first, and most common, questions I was ... 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 and tortured by the king. The captives refuse to eat pork, which is a violation of ... 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 later by Christ in the Beatitudes. In the last several years Pope Francis has been working on ... 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 its annual Family Weekend October 8-9 for the families of its over 90 seminarians. More than 350 people arrived Friday evening ... 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 Micheal’s Hall hosted an open house for the upperclassmen, pre-theologians, monks, and staff to see the students’ ... 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 of all sorts and tells the tale of salvation in each of their lives. Cordelia, a person of childlike ... 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 did their part in giving generously. Alessandro Calderoni, a seminarian of the Diocese of Tulsa, ... 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 and Fr. Brendan, our Rector, to visit a couple of theology schools ... Continue Reading...
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