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Monastic Experience Retreat

Discern a monastic vocation at Conception Abbey during a Monastic Experience Retreat

Upcoming Monastic Experience Retreats

Digital Discernment: Virtual Monastic Experience  //  October 9-11, 2020 
Are you interested in learning more about monastic life at Conception Abbey?
Join us online for a three-day digital experience where you will learn about monastic prayer, monastic vows, and community living.

The experience will include a digital tour, meeting with some of the monks, tips on prayer and discernment, free resources, and opportunities to connect with the vocation director one on one.

This is for single men, ages 18-35, interested in religious life. Please contact Fr. Etienne Huard, OSB at (660) 944-2857 or monks@conception.edu for more information or to register.

If you have spent time in prayer asking God what He desires for your life, it might be time to take that step to visit our community.

The Gospels tell us Jesus was driven by the Holy Spirit into the desert in preparation for his mission. Come experience our way of life by living it for the weekend.

“Why should I come to rural Northwest Missouri and spend a few days at a monastery to discern a vocation?”

Here’s why:

  • A deep hunger for meaning and purpose at a pivotal point in your life.
  • A retreat from the hectic and distracting world to a place of peace and stability.
  • A need for discipline and moderation to calm a restless spirit.
  • A time to examine your life and to ask Christ where He will lead you in the future.

What the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey have is a treasure that rust will not corrupt nor moth devour. These men lead a balanced life under an abbot and according to the Rule of St. Benedict, a practical application of the Gospel. They are called to seek out God in a radical way and in turn to be the light of Christ to the world.

Monks’ days are divided between prayer and work, study and holy leisure.

  • Joining the monks for Mass and five daily prayers of Psalms.
  • Teaching sessions to explore monastic customs, values and history.
  • Doing various forms of manual labor: gardening and groundskeeping, working at the Abbey Guest Center, preparing for youth groups and more.
  • Community time for question and answer sessions with monks and periods for recreation and meditation.
Catholic men age 18 to 35 interested in the monastic life.
There is no cost beyond your transportation expenses.
  • Work clothes and shoes
  • Nicer clothes for prayer and Mass with monks (i.e., dress slacks and a collared shirt)
  • Toiletries
  • Recreation clothes
  • Alarm clock
  • Bible
  • Favorite book or leisure reading
  • Notebook for journaling
  • Proof of health insurance

(Towels, sheets, and blankets are provided in the guest rooms.)

Retreatants will stay in one of the Abbey Guest Center retreat houses on our campus. There is no charge for your stay!

Attending a Monastic Experience does not mean you are going to become a monk, but you should be serious and open to what the Spirit has to tell you. If nothing else, we hope you can integrate some of our values and customs into your personal life.

How do I register?
Print out this form and mail to:

Fr. Etienne Huard, OSB
Vocation Director
Conception Abbey
PO Box 501
Conception, MO 64433-0501
Vocation Office: 660-944-2857
Email: monks@conception.edu

NOTE: Women interested in a Monastic Experience should contact the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (Clyde, Mo.) at 660-944-2221 or by e-mail, vocation@benedictinesisters.org.

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