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  • 5 Reasons to Visit a Catholic Seminary College 5 Reasons to Visit a Catholic Seminary 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 unique retreat twice a year for young men ... 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...
  • 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 seminary for his country quirks, he is known more so for his ... 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 formation process. We all come to seminary from different places. ... 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.  Done.  And then I noticed various relationships began to change.  In ... 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 a second, third, or fourth (or ... 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 our hope and our comfort!  As we celebrate the Solemnity of the ... Continue Reading...
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