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. .
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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. .

Advent Day of Reflection

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A day of reflection with Fr. Peter Ullrich, OSB.  The Advent journey: a time to wait and time to prepare for the Christmas feast.  We’ll begin with coffee and rolls at 9:00.  Mass and lunch follow, with more quiet time and a concluding conference at 2:30 pm.  (lunch and retreat fee:  $20 per person).

New Year's Retreat: New Years with Pope Francis

Tuesday evening - Thursday noon, December 30 – January 1, 2015

Our annual New Year’s retreat will focus on passages from Pope Francis that will inspire and help us review and set the tone for the New Year.  Join Archbishop Jerome Hanus, Fr. Peter Ullrich and Karen Ceckowski as we reflect and challenge ourselves in meaningful 2015 resolutions.  ($160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations).

Discerning God's will in your life

Friday evening – Sunday noon, January 16 – 18, 2015 

Join Fr. Paul Sheller, abbey vocation director, and Karen Ceckowski  (Abbey Guest Center) for a weekend retreat which will focus on learning God’s will in your life.  Open to people of all ages and backgrounds – whether college students thinking about their life’s calling, or anyone in transition, between jobs, or even approaching retirement.  ($160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations).

Catholic Devotions for Couples for Lent

Friday evening – Sunday noon,  February 13 – 15, 2015

As Lent approaches a look at Catholic devotions and their role in the faith life of a family.   Fr. Albert Bruecken and Karen Ceckowski guide this week and help you see how devotions can both support and nourish the faith of your family.  You’ll develop a plan for use at home during the coming season of Lent.  ($260 per couple).

Praying the Liturgy of the Hours: A How to and Why Weekend

Friday evening - Sunday noon, February 27 to March 1, 2015

This informative weekend will help younavigate the breviary with its cycles and weeks. Resources and the bigger picture view of how the Liturgy of the Hours is set up.  Learn why this prayer of the entire church is so important in your day to day life. ($160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations).

Lenten Day of Reflection: Lent with Pope Francis

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Join Abbey Guest Center staff for a day of reflection on the writings of Pope Francis that will inspire and enrich your Lenten journey.  We’ll begin with coffee and rolls at 9:00. Mass and lunch follow, with more quiet time and a concluding conference at 3:00 pm.  ($20 per person).

Pentecost Retreat: Come Holy Spirit, Renew the face of the earth

Friday evening - Sunday noon, May 22 – 24, 2015

Pentecost is the completion of Easter.   Join Fr. Peter Ullrich, OSB as we consider the meaning and implications of the coming of the Holy Spirit and look at the liturgical texts for the feast.  ($160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations).   

Pottery Craft Retreat

Friday evening - Sunday noon, January 23 – 25, 2015

This hands-on retreat will allow you to experience working with clay by both wheel throwing and hand building techniques.  No experience needed. Hobbyist potter Karen Ceckowski will pass on some of the techniques she has learned from various sources and provide a spiritual spin on the many biblical references to the master potter who forms and shapes us daily.  Bring old work clothes and an open spirit.  ($170 single room, $150 each for double accommodations).

RCIA Retreat: Palm Sunday

Saturday morning - Sunday noon, March 27 – 29, 2015

Begin your Holy Week with the monks of Conception Abbey and the seminarians of Conception Seminary College. Retreat sessions with Karen Ceckowski and the AGC team will pull together the faith basics of the sacrament-based life of the Catholic Church. A special conference on reconciliation will help prepare those about to celebrate the Sacrament for the first time. You will join the whole Abbey and Seminary community on Sunday morning for the Palm Sunday procession and reading of the Passion. ($100 per person)

Gardening Retreat: "More tips and tricks form the Abbey gardens"

Friday evening - Sunday noon, May 22 – 24, 2015

Come to the Abbey and reflect with gardeners Archbishop Jerome Hanus, Karen Ceckowski, Rich O’Neill and Br. Placid Dale on the joys of growing things in God’s wonderful creation. Hands-on practice will send you home with cuttings and gifts from the Abbey gardens. ($160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations).

Calligraphy Retreat: The Beautiful Word in beautiful words

Friday evening through Monday noon, May 22 - 25, 2015

A time to explore calligraphy – beautiful writing – as a pathway to better lectio divina – the prayerful pondering of Scripture so central to a vital Christian life. Br. Michael Marcotte, a talented and experienced calligrapher, will introduce you to a foundational hand and move from the basics of the lettering to the use of calligraphy in your prayerful reflection. No previous experience is required. Calligraphic markers, exemplars and paper will be provided. ($180 for single accommodations, $150 per person for double accommodations).

Calligraphy Retreat: "Bible Scripts: The Unical Hand"

Monday evening through Saturday noon, May 25-30, 2015

A continuation of the Lectio Divina practices learned in the “Lettering the Word” retreat, but exploring a new hand. Retreatants will study Uncial script, the first hand used in the writing of Bibles in the western world with calligrapher Br. Michael Marcotte. Time will also be devoted to the demonstration of historical tools and materials and to the creation of illuminated letters. Limited to 12 persons. Prerequisite: “Lettering the Word” retreat. ($450 for single accommodations, $390 per person for double accommodations).

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