Vocation Profile - Conception Abbey

Conception Abbey

Rev. Paul Sheller O.S.B.
Vocation Director
PO Box 501
Conception, MO 64433


Professed members56
Year founded1873

Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO
The Benedictine Order is worldwide.
Conception Abbey is a Benedictine community whose primary work is to praise God and become more Christ-like through a common life as given in the Rule of St. Benedict. We gather five times a day in choir to pray, chanting the divine office, and we celebrate the Eucharist daily. We observe silence at meals, wear the habit, and strive for holiness through a balance of prayer and work. Our apostolates include: Operating a college seminary, extending hospitality to guests and retreatants through our Abbey Guest Center, proclaiming the Gospel message through printed greeting cards and other products from the Printery House, and serving in parishes, hospitals, and convents.
Good spiritual, emotional, and physical health and maturity. We look for men, ages 20-35, who are joyful, desire to live and work in community, and show eagerness for the Work of God.
After a man applies and is accepted to enter the monastery, the period of postulancy may last between one month and one year, depending upon one’s background and how well the individual is acquainted with the community. The postulancy is a time of becoming accustomed to the monastic way of life primarily by living it. It is a period for discerning whether one should proceed to the novitiate.

After living as a postulant, the candidate may petition the community to enter the novitiate. The novitiate lasts one year, and is an intensified period of discernment of one’s vocation. During this year, the novice studies the Rule of St. Benedict, Sacred Scripture, Monastic History, is introduced to the practice of lectio divina, and is engaged in a variety of work around the monastery.
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