150th Anniversary A Year to Remember
Conception Abbey
by Nicole Dietzenbach
1M ago
Monastic Family Weekend   |   St. Columba Parish Carnival   |   Alumni Reunion    |  Seminary Family Weekend   |    Olivier Latry Organ Concert    |    Monastery Day of Recollection     |    Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception  |    Celebration with the Local Community    Monastic Family Weekend June 2-4 Expecting that summer would be a quiet time of year, the monks of Conception Abbey invited family members to join them for a few days to cel ..read more
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Morning Rain Cleared For Abbey Trails 2024
Conception Abbey
by Nicole Dietzenbach
2M ago
The annual Abbey Trails 5K Run / 2-Mile walk brought guests from near and far to Conception Abbey on Saturday, May 4 to celebrate health and wellness. Morning rain cleared just as more than 250 people arrived to participate in the walk, run, health fair, and brunch. The 5K course began at the Abbey’s circle drive entrance and went north on 136 to just north of Jefferson C-123 school, and back. The two-mile walk course included four laps around the Conception Abbey campus. We are physical, intellectual, and spiritual beings, and Conception Abbey acknowledges exercise as an important factor ..read more
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Encountering Christ Retreats Q+A
Conception Abbey
by Nicole Dietzenbach
2M ago
In January, the Abbey Guest Center offered its first Encountering Christ retreat. These silent retreats will be offered consistently throughout the year with weekend retreats for men and weekends for women. These retreats are designed to address the hunger in today’s Catholic for a profound and personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Fr. Paul Sheller, OSB, shares the vision and hope for these new retreats.   Q: What direction is the Guest Center headed? In monastery discussions, we considered ways the Abbey Guest Center can continue to have a significant impact on the spiritual lives of our ..read more
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Abbot Robert Schoofs enters eternal rest
Conception Abbey
by Kaity Holtman
6M ago
At around eleven o’clock on the morning of Saturday, 6 January 2024, our beloved confrere, Abbot Robert Schoofs, OSB, passed into eternal rest. Abbot Robert was in his ninety-fifth year of age, and a Jubilarian of both profession and ordination. He had resided in St. Stephen’s Infirmary at Conception since his arrival here from St. Benedict’s Abbey, Benet Lake, Wisconsin, in 2017, when the latter community was reunited to Conception Abbey. While he had been declining and confined to his bed in recent weeks, his departure was nonetheless something of a surprise; he made his departure without fa ..read more
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5 Reasons Why Benedictine Spirituality Stands the Test of Time
Conception Abbey
by Jaque Colwell
7M ago
Reports show that Church attendance in the United States continues to decrease. More young people claim no religious affiliation, and others give the impression that, as a society, we are too sophisticated or advanced for faith in God. The Church’s efforts to evangelize focus on how to address our post-Christian world. Without minimizing any of the challenges the Church faces in today’s culture, I am encouraged to see young people hungering for the truth and desiring holiness. Based on my experiences with the young men I communicate with regularly who express interest in monastic life and loo ..read more
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Retreats to feature Benedictine Spirituality
Conception Abbey
by Kaity Holtman
8M ago
2024 Encountering Christ Retreats Benedictine Spirituality You have most likely heard of Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises. Conception Abbey is now offering a series of retreats rooted in Benedictine Spirituality. These Benedictine Retreats focus on addressing the greatest hunger for today’s Catholics and are aptly named, “Encountering Christ” retreats. These retreats aim to help the retreatant encounter Jesus Christ in prayer and experience the peace that He alone offers. A Benedictine Retreat Our Benedictine Retreats draw from more than 1500 years of wisdom in the Benedictine ..read more
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Fr. Samuel Russell, OSB, enters eternal rest
Conception Abbey
by Kaity Holtman
8M ago
On Tuesday, 14 November 2023, our beloved confrere, Father Samuel Russell, OSB surrendered the cares of earthly life to answer the final calling of his Lord and Savior. His monastic life had been one of diligent service to his community and the wider Church, encompassing a broad array of assignments from maintenance and manual labor to administrative service and priestly formation. He had been a monk for seventeen years when he was called to consider the possibility of a priestly vocation; he took up sacerdotal responsibilities with the zeal and industry that had characterized his monastic li ..read more
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Fr. Clarence Wiederholt enters eternal rest
Conception Abbey
by Kaity Holtman
9M ago
We announce the peaceful death at Conception Abbey, Conception, Missouri, on the 27th day of October 2023, at the age of 93 of REVEREND CLARENCE EUGENE WIEDERHOLT Retired Priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City Last of the Founding Fathers of the Diocese Father Clarence E. Wiederholt was born on January 5, 1930, in Conception, Missouri, the son of the late Valentine G. and Mary B. (Bliley) Wiederholt. He had eleven siblings. Eight siblings preceded him in death: Gerald Wiederholt, Raymond Wiederholt, Alphonse Wiederholt, Donald Wiederholt, Marvin Wiederholt, Rosalie Wiederholt, Lucille Wiederh ..read more
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Notable Visitors of Conception’s History
Conception Abbey
by Jaque Colwell
10M ago
Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma   |   Blessed Stanley Rother   |   Von Trapp Family   |  Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen   Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma Empress Zita, born in May of 1892, was the wife of Emperor Charles I and the last Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. Her husband, Emperor Charles I, was named Blessed by St. Pope John Paul II, with Empress Zita being named a Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI. After the Empire’s collapse, Charles and Zita fled Austria, with Charles exiled and eventually dying in 1922 a ..read more
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Noteable Visitors of Conception’s History
Conception Abbey
by Jaque Colwell
10M ago
Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma   |   Blessed Stanley Rother   |   Von Trapp Family   |  Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen   Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma Empress Zita, born in May of 1892, was the wife of Emperor Charles I and the last Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. Her husband, Emperor Charles I, was named Blessed by St. Pope John Paul II, with Empress Zita being named a Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI. After the Empire’s collapse, Charles and Zita fled Austria, with Charles exiled and eventually dying in 1922 a ..read more
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