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  • 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...
  • Sunday Reflection: Harden Not Your Hearts In today’s First Reading we are presented with this question: “For what profit comes to a man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun?” Qooheleth, the protagonist of the book, Ecclesiastes, has had the thought many of us have had. What is the point to life? We ... Continue Reading...
  • Beyond Conception: Building Bridges This July has been an incredible experience of fun, leadership, service, and prayer.  I was accepted as one of four counselors for the Ulster Project in McPherson, KS.  The Ulster Project began in 1975 in the country of Northern Ireland as a peacemaking effort to help heal the religious, cultural, and political tensions known as ... Continue Reading...
  • Beyond Conception: A Pilgrimage Close to Home Like all other seminarians at Conception Seminary College, I am “home” for the summer. And by home, I mean in the Diocese of Davenport, IA. I am currently not at my real home, but sitting on this Sunday afternoon in a former convent turned retreat house in West Point, Iowa waiting for the rest of ... Continue Reading...
  • Beyond Conception: Prayer and Action Prayer and Action was created in the summer of 2006 to provide a “backyard mission experience” for the youth of the Diocese of Salina. Each week, a group of roughly 40-60 high school students show up and actively live out their faith by serving those in need around the community. While the bulk of our ... Continue Reading...
  • Avoiding Book Answers Jesus has a knack for avoiding “book” answers. When the scholar of the law in today’s Gospel asks Jesus about gaining eternal life, Jesus responds with a question: “What is written in the law?” The scholar gives a good answer, a “book” answer, but Jesus sees that the man doesn’t hold the law in his ... Continue Reading...
  • Sunday Reflection: Holy Joy Take a moment to think of something that brings you joy.  Maybe it’s a family member or a friend whose constant presence in your life makes you happy.  Maybe it’s a recent advancement in work or school.  Maybe it’s a simple, pleasant conversation you had today.  In each of our lives, I’m sure that if ... Continue Reading...
  • Beyond Conception: Cruz at Camp Tekakwitha This summer I was assigned to Camp Tekakwitha in Williamsburg, KS. It is operated by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and run by Deacon Dana Nearmyer and his wife Debbie Nearmyer. Deacon Nearmyer and his wife bring an intense energy to the camp that I once described as “it’s so crazy, it just ... Continue Reading...
  • Companion Camp – An Important Experience A Benedictine monastery and a seminary college is an important place for high school boys to visit. A positive experience at such an impressionable age, even if only for the weekend, lends the opportunity to strengthen a young person’s faith and help cultivate and sustain their relationship with God. I know this because I have ... Continue Reading...
  • The Heart of the Cross is Love If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 There once was a man who lamented often in prayer about the weight and size of the cross he was asked to bear in this life. H would cry out to the Lord and ask ... Continue Reading...
  • Beyond Conception: Summer Formation at IPF This summer, myself and six other Conception Seminary College seminarians (five alumni) are attending the 9-week program known as the Institute for Priestly Formation.  So far, this experience has been amazing! Held at the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, NE. The program for diocesan seminarians focuses on enriching and deepening our relationship with the most important person ... Continue Reading...
  • A Reflection on Hearts In the last few days the liturgical calendar has been focused on hearts.  Friday was the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Saturday was the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and today the readings at Mass present us with a window into the Heart of Jesus in the Gospels and the heart of ... Continue Reading...
  • Corpus Christi – May Our Adoration Never Cease Every day, upon altars of the Catholic Church throughout the world, Our Lord is made incarnate in the Most Holy Eucharist. We have heard this many times. “Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist,” “Jesus is in the tabernacle.” Reflect for a moment on how often we let this great gift pass us by and ... Continue Reading...
  • Beyond Conception: Andrew G. Prepares for Prayer in Action During the summer months, many seminarians are given assignments in their home dioceses that are tailored to be enriching experiences to continue their formation outside the walls of Conception Seminary College.  Beyond Conception will be a weekly series of articles checking in on the seminarians of CSC during their summer break. After departing from Conception Seminary ... Continue Reading...
  • A Reflection on Graduation A Reflection on Graduation Continue Reading...
  • May Day 2016: Fun and Fraternity When I first came to Conception, I hadn’t participated in a Field Day (a day typically dedicated to playing as many sports as possible for as long as possible) since I was in 8th grade.  So when the end of the academic year rolled around and I had the opportunity to compete in my first ... Continue Reading...
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