Jubilee Year of Mercy

Jubilee Year of Mercy - Holy Hour for Mercy

Conception Abbey will host a Holy Hour for Mercy on four separate Sundays during the coming year.

1st Sunday of Lent - February 14, 2016
Divine Mercy Sunday - April 3, 2016
Solemnity of the Body & Blood of CHrist - May 29, 2016

Solemnity of Christ the King - November 20, 2016

Time:  2:00 - 3:00 pm - Abbey Basilica

The Holy Hours will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, entrance through the Holy Door, Scripture and homily, opportunity for reconciliation.

If you are planning to bring a parish group please contact the Abbey Guest Center two weeks prior to the date.  660.944.2809;  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The basilca is open daily for pilgrim visits.  Eucharist is celebrated Monday-Friday at 11:45am; Saturday at 11:15am; Sunday at 10:30am. We welcome parish groups.  Please contact the Abbey Guest Center to work out details.

 

Lenten Retreat: God's Mercy

Lenten Retreat: God's Mercy and the Cross.
Friday evening-Sunday noon. February 19-21, 2016

Images of the cross have identified Christians throughout history since the death of Jesus Christ. Spend time reflecting on the power of the Cross and its place in Christian theology and daily life.  Learn more about this powerful image from an historical, artistic and literary sources.  Fr Norbert Schappler,O.S.B.  will share his own reflections on the cross along with a hands-on projects that will send you home with a lasting reminder of the retreat weekend.  (Suggested offering for lodging, meals, conferences and reception: $170 for single accommodations, $140 per person for double accommodations).   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. .

Lenten Day of Reflection

Wednesday, February 24, 2016: Lenten Day of Reflection
God’s Mercy and  Forgiveness.   During this Jubilee Year of Mercy we reflect the meaning of the cross in our lives, especially fitting during the days of Lent.   Reflections on the Luke 15:11-32.  The parable of the prodigal son.
   The day begins with coffee and rolls at 9:00. Eucharist & lunch follow, with more quiet time and a concluding conference at 3:00 pm.  ($20 per person).  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. .

Mother/Daughter Weekend

Mother/Daughter Weekend with Pottery
Friday evening– Sunday noon, March 11-13, 2016. 

A weekend for mothers, daughters, grandmothers and godmothers to spend time together in the Abbey Pottery Studio.  This hands-on retreat will include wheel throwing and hand building projects and techniques.  No experience needed.  Veterans welcomed as well.

Hobbyist potter Karen Ceckowski will lead this weekend and provide a spiritual spin on the many biblical references to the master potter who forms and shapes us daily.  Bring old work clothes. (Suggested offering for lodging, meals, conferences, social and clay materials: $170 single room, $150 each for double accommodations).  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. .

RCIA Retreat: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday RCIA retreat.
Saturday morning - Sunday noon, March 19-20, 2016

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.  A candlelight Reconciliation service Saturday evening includes the opportunity for celebrating Sacrament of Reconciliation individually.  You will join the whole Abbey and Seminary community on Sunday morning for the Palm Sunday procession and reading of the Passion.  (Suggested offering includes lodging, meals and conferences: $100 per person).  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. .

Celebrating the Triduum at the Abbey

Wednesday, March 23 - Sunday March 27, 2016
Celebrating the Triduum at the Abbey.

Join the monks and seminarians for the holiest days of the church year, celebrating Christ’s Paschal Mystery in community.  Moving liturgies in the Abbey Basilica, inspiring conferences, the opportunity for celebrating Reconciliation, and times for silence and personal prayer mark these holy days at Conception Abbey and Seminary College.  (Suggested offering for lodging, meals and conferences: $300 single room, $240 each for double accommodations).  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. .

Easter Retreat: On the Road with the Risen Lord

Easter Retreat:  On the Road with the Risen Christ
Friday April 8 - Sunday April 10, 2016

Your retreat team, will take you on a journey where we will look more closely at the Easter mystery in the Gospels, as expressed in poetry, art and music.   Ponder the richness of Easter, the heart of our faith with the stories told by the joyful people from the Gospels during this season of the church.  (Suggested offering for lodging, meals, conferences and reception: $160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations). 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. .

Bible Scripts Calligraphy Retreat

Bible Scripts Preparatory Retreat
Friday evening through Sunday noon, April 22 - April 24, 2016

By request of the participants in the 2015 Bible Scripts retreatants, we are offering a weekend retreat to prepare participants in the “Bible Scripts: The Carolingian Hand Retreat” by introducing ahead of time the hand they will be studying in depth during the week of May 30-June 6.  Enjoy participating in the liturgies of Easter week with the monks of Conception Abbey.  Daily Lectio Divina exercises.  Limited to 12 persons.   Prerequisite: annual “Lettering the Word Beginner’s Retreat” and the “Lettering the Word Refresher Retreat”.  Participants bring their ink, dip pen (Speedball C-2) and layout paper.  (Suggested donation - $180 for single accommodations, $150 per person for double accommodations.)   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. .

Father & Son Weekend Retreat

Father and Son Weekend. 
Friday to Sunday, April 22-24, 2016

A weekend for fathers, sons, grandfathers and godfathers.  Enjoy the spring weather together as you get outdoors to enjoy the abbey trails, soccer fields, and a lake full of fish.  Activities and times for prayer will leave you both with memories of a time spent growing closer to one another. (Suggested offering for lodging, meals, conferences and reception: $160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations). 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.

Marian Retreat

Marian Retreat:  Mary the Mother of God. 
Friday to Sunday, April 29-May 1, 2016

During the month of May we remember Mary the Mother of God.  Spend a weekend learning more about Mary’s special role in the life of the Church and why we look to her as a guide and model of holiness.  Reflect upon the moments of her life and how she always pointed the way to Jesus.  Through art, music, poetry and scripture we will discover what have been many inspired moments with Mary. (Suggested offering for lodging, meals, conferences and reception: $160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations). 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. .

Icon Retreat

Icon Retreat. 
Friday to Sunday, May 20-22, 2016

The weekend will include a brief historical and theological understanding of icons along with how to read and reflect with icons.  Return home with resources and icons to continue your study and prayer life with these ancient and modern art forms.

 (Suggested offering for lodging, meals, conferences and reception: $160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations). 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. .

Gardening Retreat: The Joys of Gardening

Gardening retreat - the Joys of Gardening
 
Friday evening-Sunday noon, May 27-29, 2016

Come to the Abbey and reflect with gardeners Archbishop Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.,  Karen Ceckowski, Rich O’Neill and Br. Placid Dale, O.S.B. 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.  Time to pray the Liturgy of the Hours and celebrate the Eucharist with the monastic community is also a part of the weekend.  (Suggested offering for lodging, meals, conferences and reception: $160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations).   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. .

Calligraphy Retreat for beginners

Calligraphy Retreat:  Lettering the Word Beginner’s Retreat
Friday evening through Monday noon, May 27-30, 2016  

A retreat for beginners that explores the use of calligraphy as a means of meditating upon Sacred Scripture (Lectio Divina).  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.  Limited to 12 persons.  No previous experience required.  Please indicate if left-handed.  Begins at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, May 27th and runs through lunch on Monday, May 30th.  Calligraphic markers, exemplars and paper will be provided.  ($180 for single accommodations, $150 per person for double accommodations.)   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. .

Calligraphy retreat - Biblical Scripts

Bible Scripts: The Carolingian Hand
Monday evening through Saturday noon, May 30-June 4, 2016

A continuation of the Lectio Divina practices learned in the “Lettering the Word” retreat, but exploring a new hand.   Retreatants will study Carolingian minuscule, the hand used in the writing of bibles in the 9th and 10th centuries.  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 included. Participants bring their ink, dip pen (Speedball C-2) and layout paper.  Prerequisite: “Lettering the Word” retreat.   Begins at 7:45 p.m. on Monday May 30 and runs through lunch on Friday, June 3, 2016.  ($450 for single accommodations, $390 per person for double accommodations).  ).   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. .

Family Weekend Getaway

Faith and fun: a family retreat weekend. 
June 25-26, 2016

Set aside this twenty-four hour get-away to Conception Abbey with the whole family.  There will be time to go fishing, enjoy a sunset hay ride to the Marian Grotto, family games, an art room and so much more. Enrich your family’s faith with prayer with the monastic community.  Time for quiet reflection too.   Join the monks in praying the Liturgy of the Hours and celebrating the Eucharist.  (Suggested donation for lodging, meals, conferences and snacks: $40 per person.  Children under 12 are free.  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. .

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