Words from the Abbot

Abbot GregoryLetter From Abbot Gregory Polan:

Greetings of peace from Conception Abbey.

By opening this letter you are likely exploring an important question. How can living and working in a monastic community help fulfill my desire to serve God?

The monks of Conception Abbey are Roman Catholic men who follow the Rule of St. Benedict. Written in the sixth century, the Rule outlines the order of the community’s daily life and spiritual values, and calls the monks to a simple life of prayer and work.

The Abbey monks perform their tasks for the greater honor and glory of God. Six times each day, the monks gather as a community to praise God in the Liturgy of the Hours (Vigils, Lauds, Daytime Prayer, Vespers, Compline) and the Mass. (Monastic Prayer Schedule) Our beautiful House of Prayer, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, is the heart of the Conception Abbey campus.

If you are considering a monastic vocation, I recommend several steps. First, and most important, pray. Ask God what His will is for you. Place all of your anxiety and questions in His loving hands.

Second, talk to your pastor, or a priest or monk you know. You will find that they have traveled a road similar to yours.

If you have more specific questions about life at Conception Abbey, I invite you to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , our vocation director. Throughout the year, our community hosts several Monastic Experiences: opportunities to live, pray and work with the monks. And in the spring and fall our seminary college hosts Encounter With God’s Call, which provides participants a taste of both seminary and monastic life.

Congratulations, God is working in your life, and the journey ahead of you is an exciting one. Be assured that each day the monks of Conception Abbey pray for you and others contemplating religious life.

Sincerely in Christ,


Rt. Rev. Gregory J. Polan
Abbot of Conception Abbey

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