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. .

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).   

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: Lettering the Word Retreat

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 Half Uncial 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 Half Uncial (Celtic) script, the first hand used in the famous Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels (7th to 9th centuries) 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. ($395 for single accommodations, $330 per person for double accommodations).

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