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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.

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To Prepare Well for Death

September 15–17, 2023
Retreat Leader: Fr. Roger Schmit, OSB, and Dr. Ed Hett, MD

St. Benedict tells his monks to keep death daily before their eyes. Using Sacred Scripture, Pastoral Care of the Sick, and Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care as primary sources, Dr. Ed Hett, MD and Fr. Roger Schmit, OSB will reflect on issues we might need to talk about when considering and preparing for our own death or the death of a loved one.

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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 guests@conception.edu.

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.

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Retreat Calendar

Oct
6
Fri
4:00 pm AGC Silent Retreat Weekend: Sabb...
AGC Silent Retreat Weekend: Sabb...
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm
Retreat leader: Br Mark Nelson, OSB In the prologue to the Rule, St. Benedict invites his readers to “seek after peace”. Amidst the busyness of life, this silent retreat explores the peace that arises from…
Oct
26
Thu
9:00 am Reflection Days: Reverencing my ...
Reflection Days: Reverencing my ...
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Another addition to our 150th Anniversary celebration throughout 2023 is a series of Reflection Days with Fr. Xavier Nacke, OSB. These Reflection Days are tied to Benedictine tradition, specifically themed on reverence. Blessed of God.…
Oct
27
Fri
4:00 pm Oblate Retreat
Oblate Retreat
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm
Each year the Oblates of Conception Abbey come for days of retreat, spiritual renewal, and community.Print Friendly
Nov
10
Fri
4:00 pm Follow-up Calligraphy Retreat @ Conception Abbey
Follow-up Calligraphy Retreat @ Conception Abbey
Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm
Retreat Leader: Br. Michael Marcotte, OSB Continuation of daily Lectio Divina practice. Beginners are introduced to the use of ink pens. Friday evening through Sunday noon.  Prerequisite: Lettering the Word Beginner’s Retreat. Pricing: $265 a…
4:00 pm Obedience: Listen with the Ear o...
Obedience: Listen with the Ear o...
Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm
Retreat leader: Br. Cyprian Langlois, OSB Reflections on understanding the Benedictine vow and value of obedience understood in its root meaning—listening. Ways to form and incline the ears of our hearts.     Retreats include…
Nov
16
Thu
9:00 am Reflection Days: Reverencing news
Reflection Days: Reverencing news
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Another addition to our 150th Anniversary celebration throughout 2023 is a series of Reflection Days with Fr. Xavier Nacke, OSB. These Reflection Days are tied to Benedictine tradition, specifically themed on reverence. Blessed of God.…
Dec
30
Sat
4:00 pm Annual New Year’s Retreat @ Conception Abbey
Annual New Year’s Retreat @ Conception Abbey
Dec 30 2023 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 1 2024 @ 2:00 pm
Details coming soon! Print Friendly