Abbey Guest Center

"Let all guests be welcomed as Christ." Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 53

The Conception Abbey Guest Center (AGC) provides a variety of services to meet the needs of those who wish to visit Conception Abbey. As a complete retreat center, the AGC welcomes over 8,000 people to campus each year for spiritual renewal and an opportunity to witness Benedictine hospitality.


Silent Retreat on Reconciliation and Eucharist

Retreat Leader: Fr. Roger Schmit, OSB
November 4–6, 2022

Spend a quiet weekend at Conception Abbey reflecting on the beauty and value of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Eucharist. Each sacrament is a real meeting with Jesus.

Spiritual direction will be available as well as Eucharistic Adoration.


Guest Services

Witness Benedictine hospitality

Visits to Conception Abbey take many forms, including:

  • Overnight visits at a directed or private personal retreat
  • Attendance at one of the AGC sponsored spiritual retreats or study days
  • The use of AGC facilities for your church or parish groups
  • AGC sponsored confirmation retreats held throughout the year
  • Tours of the Abbey Basilica or visits to the Gift Shop

Encounter Christ at Conception Abbey

Tours of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception can be arranged for groups through the Abbey Guest Center. To schedule a tour for your group, contact the AGC at (660) 944-2809 or

We invite you to share a meal with us. Just mention your intended meals when scheduling your tour.

Map & Directions

Conception Abbey is located in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, 20 miles east of Maryville, MO.


Retreat Calendar

4:00 pm Silent Advent Retreat
Silent Advent Retreat
Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 4 @ 2:00 pm
Retreat Leaders: Fr. Roger Schmit, OSB, and Abbey Guest Center staff Advent is a time of waiting and anticipation. Set aside time, like Mary, to ponder in your own hearts the Nativity of Our Lord.…
4:00 pm Annual New Year’s Retreat
Annual New Year’s Retreat
Dec 30 2022 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 1 2023 @ 2:00 pm
After all the activities of Christmas, allow yourself a pause to spend a few days in quiet and prayer as you contemplate the coming of a New Year. Abbey Guest Center Staff will offer reflective…
4:00 pm Icon Retreat
Icon Retreat
Jan 13 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm
Retreat Leader: Karen Ceckowski Learn how to read and discover all the beautiful and prayerful messages written in each icon. Then prayerfully discover how to use these sacramental images as a means to prayer and…
4:00 pm Liturgy of the Hours Weekend
Liturgy of the Hours Weekend
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm
Retreat Leaders: Abbey Guest Center staff Embrace the rich history behind the practice of sanctifying the hours of the day, and learn how to continue to pray these hours on your own once you return…
4:00 pm Silent Lenten Retreat Weekend
Silent Lenten Retreat Weekend
Mar 3 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 5 @ 2:00 pm
Retreat Leaders: Fr Roger Schmit, OSB, and Abbey Guest Center staff Follow the advice of John the Baptist this Lent by searching for what you need to do so that Christ increases and you decrease.…
all-day Palm Sunday, RCIA and Adult Fait...
Palm Sunday, RCIA and Adult Fait...
Apr 1 – Apr 2 all-day
Retreat leaders: Fr Roger Schmit, OSB, Br Placid Dale, OSB, and Karen Ceckowski Bring Lent to a conclusion with one of the most exciting, reflective and enriching weekends. This weekend allows us to look more…
4:00 pm Pascal Triduum at the Abbey
Pascal Triduum at the Abbey
Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 9 @ 2:00 pm
Join the monastic and seminary community for the most sacred and exciting holy days of the year. Rich liturgies, daily retreat talks, a sedar meal, time for silence and a joyous Easter Vigil celebration will…