Oblate Retreat: Daily Sounds of Silence & Speech: Biblical Base & Monastic Art

Join us October 31 - November 2, 2014 for our Fall Oblate Retreat,
"Daily Sounds of Silence & Speech: Biblical Base & Monastic Art," directed by Fr. Adam Ryan.

For more information contact Father Albert Bruecken, Oblate Director: phone 660-944-2900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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"Lettering the Word:" A Retreat for Beginners

Friday evening through Monday noon, August 8 – 11, 2014

This extended weekend retreat explores the use of calligraphy as a means of meditating upon Sacred Scripture (Lectio Divina). Experienced calligrapher, Br. Michael Marcotte, O.S.B., will guide the weekend. Participants will learn to write the Foundational hand using felt-tip calligraphic markers.  Pens, paper and all materials will be supplied.  Time will be provided for prayer, walks, rest and participation in the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist with the monastic community. Materials fee is included in suggested donation below.  Limited to 12 persons.  No previous experience required.  Begins at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, August 8 and runs through lunch on Monday, August 11. (Suggested donation for lodging, meals, instruction, reception and materials: $165 for single accommodations, $135 per person for double accommodations.)

"Bible Scripts: The Uncial Hand"

Monday evening through Friday noon, August 11 – 15, 2014

A continuation of the Lectio Divina practices learned in the “Lettering the Word” retreat, but exploring a new hand. Sessions & instructions guided by Brother Michael Marcotte, O.S.B. Retreatants will study Uncial script, the first hand used in the writing of Bibles in the western world.  Time will also be devoted to the demonstration of historical tools and materials and to the creation of illuminated letters.  Participants will be supplied with pen nibs/holders, ink, paper, brushes, gold leaf and paint.  The class will be provided with time for daily Lectio Divina sessions and leisure for prayer, walks, rest and participation in the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist with the monastic community.  Limited to 12 persons.  Materials fee is included in suggested donation below.  Register before July 10, 2014, so that materials can be ordered in time for the retreat. Please indicate if you are left-handed at the time of registration.  Prerequisite: “Lettering the Word” retreat.  Begins at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, August 11 and runs through lunch on Friday, August 18.  (Suggested donation for lodging, meals, instruction, receptions and materials: $400 for single accommodations, $340 per person for double accommodations.)

"Crafting Calm" Retreat

Friday evening through Sunday noon, October 3 - 5, 2014.

A reflective weekend where you can catch up on your favorite craft project in time for gift giving at Christmas. Whether you knit, crochet, weave, scrapbook, make jewelry or any other craft, come and join other crafters in the quiet setting of Conception Abbey.

Oblate Retreat: "Unless the Lord builds the house . . . ": Architecture in the Bible

Join us April 10-12, 2015 for our Spring Oblate Retreat,
"'Unless the Lord builds the house . . .': Architecture in the Bible," directed by Br. Thomas Sullivan.

For more information contact Father Albert Bruecken, Oblate Director: phone 660-944-2900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For reservations contact the Abbey Guest Center: phone 660-944-2809 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Oblate Retreat: Your Way of Acting Should Be Different: The RB & Catholic Social Teaching

Join us April 1-3, 2016 for our Spring Oblate Retreat,
"Your Way of Acting Should Be Different: The RB & Catholic Social Teaching," directed by Fr. Patrick Caveglia.

For more information contact Father Albert Bruecken, Oblate Director: phone 660-944-2900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For reservations contact the Abbey Guest Center: phone 660-944-2809 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

"Harvest Days Retreat"

Sunday Mass through Thursday lunch, October 19 - 23, 2014.

Come spend these autumn days at Conception Abbey where you will go home with your own shelled walnuts and baskets of freshly picked apples from the Abbey orchards. Reflect on rich Scripture texts centered on harvest themes.

Common Book Retreat for Advent

Friday evening through Sunday noon, November 21 - 23, 2014.

Spend a quiet weekend preparing for Advent. Books provided with initial thoughts on the season. The weekend will include time for quiet reading, prayer and conversation. Take the book home and continue to read it during the Advent season. 

Advent Day of Reflection

Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

The Advent journey: a time to wait and time to prepare for the Christmas feast. The day starts with coffee and rolls at 9:00 a.m. and includes a morning conference followed by Mass and lunch and an afternoon conference. There will be time for reflection and prayer.

New Year's Retreat: New Years with Pope Francis

Tuesday evening through Thursday noon, December 30, 2014 - January 1, 2015.

The annual New Year's retreat will focus on selected readings from Pope Francis that will inspire and help review and set the tone for the New Year. Join the AGC retreat team as we reflect and challenge ourselves in meaningful 2015 resolutions.

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