Sunday, July 27, 2008
One evening the priests prepared a special meal for all the monks and guests. We had native foods from the various countries represented. It was an enjoyable experience for all of us.
In August we are looking forward to welcoming one new novice, Adam Burkhardt; one novice who will make his first profession of temporary vows on August 15, Isaac Dale; and two who are completing their three years of temporary vows and will make solemn profession on August 24, Brother David Wilding and Brother Victor Schinstock.
Please note that I will be leaving for some vacation days on July 29 and will return on August 6. So there will be no new entries in this blog for the next ten days or so. Fr. Kenneth
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The brief video above includes the front of the Basilica and the towers and the ringing of bells before vespers on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Hope you enjoy it and that it will serve as a reminder of Conception Abbey.
The weather has been quite hot lately and is supposed to stay that way. We have not yet had a day up to 100 degrees but it has been up in the 90's and, as any of you know who have lived in the midwest, we usually have some rather hight humidity.
This weekend and through Monday, July 21, the Swiss American congregation of Benedictines are having their Congregation meeting at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana. This meeting is held every three years. It includes the Abbot (or superior) of each monastery in the Congregation and one elected representative from each monastery. Abbot Gregory and Father Patrick are there from Conception Abbey. Brother Thomas is also there as he is on the Abbot President's Council. There are sixteen abbeys or priories in the Swiss American Congregation.
Father Daniel, the Prior returned home from his pilgrimage to the Holy Land last Tuesday. It seems to have been a good trip but very fast and so much to see in a short time.
Hope you are all having a good summer. God's blessing be with all of you.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The weather for the weekend was perfect as it was cloudy and cool on Saturday. We did have a little rain shower around noon but it soon passed and we were able to work outdoors again by 1:30 or 2:00 PM.
Our own confrere, Father Karl, spent a couple days here with us. He left today to fly to Australia for the World Youth Conference. He is the pastor at Fulton, Missouri in the diocese of Jefferson City.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Today the Pri0r, Father Daniel, left for a week long trip to the Holy Land. He is chaplain for a group of about 22 Catholic high school teachers
who are going there for a week of study.
Arriving here at Conception today are about 16 priests from foreign countries who are working in dioceses in the United States. They are spending three weeks here to better learn the language, as well more about the culture of our country so they can better serve the people in the parishes where they will be working.
Tomorrow, July 7, is an eventful day for me as I celebrate my 75th birthday. Time does fly by fast.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The other picture shows some of the bicycles here last week on Thursday when a couple hundred bicycle riders descended on Conception for a stop on their eight day tour of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. They are known as the Border Raiders and the ride is an opportunity to test your stamina, enjoy the scenic Missouri River Valley and ride through some inspiring places of history in our country. The ride starts in Lawrence, Kansas and ends back at Lawrence. They stopped here early in the morning to tour and enjoy some refreshments.
One more reminder to the Oblates. The "Pray and Work" weekend is coming up soon, July 11-13. If you have not yet registered be sure to contact the guest department at 660-944-2809.