A Benedictine monastery in northwestern Missouri. Theirs is a rather distinguished history, notably in the area of liturgy: prior to and during the Second Vatican Council, experiments in liturgy were conducted there.

In the fall of 1996, Abbot Marcel Rooney, OSB, the seventh abbot of Conception Abbey, was elected to the office of Abbot Primate, the head of the worldwide Benedictine Confederacy.

In the spring of 1999, major renovation to the basilica church was completed, and the new altar was consecrated. A highlight of the renovation work was the cleaning and restoration of the Beuronese murals, originally painted by monks themselves.

Conception Abbey has three primary apostolates: Conception Seminary College, the Conception Printery House, and the Abbey Center For Prayer and Ministry.

To visit Conception Abbey on the World Wide Web, go to http://www.conceptionabbey.org

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