"Crafting Calm" Retreat

Friday evening - Sunday noon, October 3–5, 2014

Karen Ceckowski  will guide areflective 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 the Abbey.  Pick up tips and project ideas from other crafters.  ($160 for single accommodations, $130 per person for double accommodations). 

"Harvest Days Retreat"

Sunday evening - Thursday lunch, October 19 – 23, 2014

What better way to spend the fall days than at Conception Abbey where you will go home with your own shelled walnuts and baskets of freshly picked apples from the Abbey orchards?  In addition you will reflect with your retreat masters Archbishop Jerome Hanus, Br. Placid Dale and Karen Ceckowski on the rich scripture texts centered on harvest themes. ($250 for single accommodations, $200 per person for double accommodations). 

Common Book Retreat for Advent

Friday evening - Sunday noon, November 14 – 16, 2014

We’ll provide you with this beautifully illustrated book and spend the weekend getting you started on it.  Then you can take the book home and continue to read it during the Advent season.  The AGC team will guide the weekend, which will include time for quiet reading, prayer and conversation.  ($170 for single accommodations, $150 per person for double accommodations). 

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).

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. .
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: 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).

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).

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. .

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).   

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