About the Monastery

Conception Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located in northwest Missouri. We were founded from the Swiss monastery Engelberg Abbey in 1873, and strive to live out the Rule of St. Benedict in our lives of prayer and work so “that in all things, God may be glorified,” (Rule of St. Benedict, 57:9).

In the effort to live out that tenet of Benedictine monasticism, we operate Conception Seminary College for the education of future diocesan priests, welcome guests at the Abbey Guest Center, and proclaim the Gospel and share the Christian faith through the creation and distribution of religious literature and artwork from the Printery House. Many of our monks also serve as parish priests, hospital and prison chaplains as well as chaplains for women’s religious communities, and are involved in campus ministry at local colleges.

We gather six times a day for the common chanting of the Divine Office and celebration of the Eucharist, the rhythm of prayer and work are integral to the monastic way of life at Conception Abbey. We welcome you to explore our way of life and invite you to support us in our ministries of prayer and work.