Written on Sunday, April 3, Laetare Sunday.
So what has been going on here at Conception? First of all, after most of the week went by with chilly days and nights, the last two days have been great. Today the temperature is up in the mid 80's but storms are forecast for tonight as a cold front moves in and the temperature drops again.
This weekend has been an off-campus weekend for the students so most of the students are gone. They will return Sunday evening.
Toward the end of March the Seminary Board of Regents met here so we had a number of bishops, vocation directors and others here for that. Among the bishops here for this meeting were: Bishop Robert Finn, from our own diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Bishop James Johnston, Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Kansas City, Kansas, Bishop Michael Jackels, Wichita, Kansas, Archbishop Paul Coakley, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Bishop Will Dendinger, Grand Island, Nebraska, Archbishop George Lucas, Omaha, Nebraska, Bishop Richard Pates, Des Moines, Iowa, Bishop Walker Nickless, Sioux City, Iowa.
In March also we had Pastors Day for the seminary. For this event the pastors of the seminarians are invited to come to the seminary for a visit. They were here for the Feast of St. Benedict, on March 21.
During Lent the monastic community has been having conferences and discussions on the Post Synod document Verbum Domini, the Word of the Lord, by Pope Benedict XVI, which has been quite interesting. We are also reading the entire document at meals during this season of Lent.
This week I am at Clyde all week to celebrate Mass for the Sisters. I am assigned to celebrate the early morning Mass at 7:30 AM for the community. However, on Tuesday and Thursday I will celebrate the 11:00 AM for the retired Sisters living at Our Lady of Rickenbach.
I am including some pictures of the campus in this blog just to show you that spring really is here and flowers are starting to bloom.