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.


Retreat: The Easter Vigil’s Exultet

The Exultet is one of the most evocative and poetic hymns of praise in the liturgy, giving thanks and praise for God’s saving activity through both night and light. An excellent opportunity to bring your RCIA groups to this weekend to enrich their upcoming Easter Vigil experience. You will also be able to participate in the Palm Sunday Liturgy at the Abbey. Led by Br. Thomas Sullivan, OSB




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

all-day Retreat: Our Father
Retreat: Our Father
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day
Retreat Leader: Fr. Martin, DeMeulenaere, OSB When we pray a commonly used prayer, like the Our Father, we sometimes say the words and don’t give a thought to the meaning. In this retreat, we will…
all-day Annual New Year’s Retreat: Livin... @ Conception Abbey
Annual New Year’s Retreat: Livin... @ Conception Abbey
Dec 30 2021 – Jan 1 2022 all-day
Retreat Leaders: Fr. Roger Schmit, OSB & the Abbey Guest Center Staff Take some time to reflect on how the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected your life and the lives of those around you. Has this…
all-day Retreat: Listening to the Voice ... @ Conception Abbey
Retreat: Listening to the Voice ... @ Conception Abbey
Jan 21 – Jan 23 all-day
Retreat Leader: Fr. Paul Sheller, OSB Step away for the weekend from the busyness and distractions of your daily life which often can make listening to God challenging. Quiet your mind and heart in order…
all-day Retreat: St. Benedict’s Repair K... @ Conception Abbey
Retreat: St. Benedict’s Repair K... @ Conception Abbey
Jan 28 – Jan 30 all-day
Retreat Leader: Fr. Daniel Petsche, OSB Life’s journey requires navigation, repair and maintenance, and enough fuel to reach our intended destination. Can you use a tune up? What does the wisdom of St. Benedict have…
all-day Retreat: The Old, the Sick, and ...
Retreat: The Old, the Sick, and ...
Feb 11 – Feb 13 all-day
Retreat Leader: Br. Thomas Sullivan, OSB Mahatma Gandhi once famously stated: “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” This measure may be taken not only…
all-day Retreat: The Love of the Father:... @ Conception Abbey
Retreat: The Love of the Father:... @ Conception Abbey
Feb 18 – Feb 20 all-day
Retreat Leader: Fr. Etienne Huard, OSB In Jesus Christ we have been adopted as sons and daughters of a loving Father. However, our earthly experiences often damage that recognition and so we operate out of…
all-day Retreat: Are You Stable? @ Conception Abbey
Retreat: Are You Stable? @ Conception Abbey
Feb 25 – Feb 27 all-day
Retreat Leader: Br. Cyprian Langlois, OSB Reflections on the Benedictine vow of stability as rootedness, steadfastness, faithfulness, and perseverance in our daily life as Christians. It’s not just for Monks! To register for the in-person…