- Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:44
This afternoon the capitulars of Conception Abbey elected Father Benedict Neenan, 67, as their 10th abbot, succeeding Abbot Gregory Polan who was elected abbot primate in September. Until today, Neenan has served as Business Manager of Conception Abbey and Development Director. As abbot of the 143 year old community, Benedict will follow the Rule of St Benedict where it is written that “He is believed to hold the place of Christ in the monastery, since he is addressed by a title of Christ, as the Apostle indicates: You have received the spirit of adoption of sons by which we exclaim, abba, father (Rom 8:15).” The abbot of a Benedictine community holds the place of Jesus Christ in the community. As a theological statement we accept this fact by faith.
The new Abbot is 28 years ordained priest and a former President/Rector of Conception Seminary (1996-2008). Among the obediences he has served count: a seminary professor of theology and Church history; Prior of Conception Abbey (1990-1993); spiritual director for seminarians and lay people, monastic Vocations Director, and a retreat master in the Abbey Guest Center. He was born in Kansas City, MO.
Abbot Benedict is the author of Thomas Verner Moore: Psychiatrist, Educator and Monk.
Conception Abbey is a daughter house of the Swiss abbey, Engelberg Abbey, founded in 1873.
May Saint Benedict and all Benedictine saints and blesseds richly bless Abbot Benedict and the abbatial community.
- Monday, 10 June 2013 14:02
Eleven years ago today, a man with no identifiable motive killed two monks, wounded two others and then committed suicide. Robert Lloyd Jeffress, 71, changed Benedictine life at Conception Abbey forever.
A few years ago a monk from Conception told me the unforeseen effect of this event has brought the community together in a deeper way.
“When brutal deeds are enacted, it calls for heroic and radical forgiveness. Such acts of violence as happened here on Monday, could only have come from someone in desperate need of help. Hatred, anger, and an unwillingness to forgive only keep us crippled and bound by the evils that surround us. If we endure evil and do not allow it to conquer us, we will share in the victory of Jesus Christ, in the hidden life of the resurrection of Jesus.”
(Taken from Abbot Gregory homily at the funeral Mass for Father Philip and Brother Damian)
May God me be merciful to Father Philip and Brother Damian, but also to their monastic community and to Mr Jeffress.
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- Wednesday, 05 January 2011 21:15
The Revised Grail Psalter is now available
online. This is version of the psalter that will be used in the sacred Liturgy at some point. These are the Psalms that were translated by Abbot Gregory Polan and his brother monks of Conception Abbey. Kudos to Abbot Gregory!
- Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:00
On November 11, 2008, Abbot Gregory Polan of Conception Abbey received the US bishops’ positive vote for the liturgical use of the Revised Grail Psalter. The Grail Psalter was first published for liturgical use in 1963 and revised by Abbot Gregory and monks of Conception Abbey according to current translation principles including Liturgiam Authenticam (2001)
Recently, the whole project received what is called the “recognitio” from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Disciple of the Sacraments (the Vatican office deputed by the pope to guide liturgical matters) in a March 19th letter to Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, Bishop of Paterson and Chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship.
The reception of Vatican approval of these texts means that future liturgical books will use this translation of the Psalms.
Read Conception Abbey’s press release on receiving the Vatican recognitio for the Revised Grail Psalter, which gives many of the interesting details of the work.
The Catholic Key Blog ran a story on the matter on Thursday, April 15, 2010.
Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus, That in all things may God be glorified