There are many reasons to visit Conception Abbey! Whether it’s to join the monks in their daily cycle of prayer, to visit the Gift Shop, or make an overnight stay in the Abbey Guest Center, the monks of Conception Abbey welcome all.
Monastery Prayer Schedule
(11:15 a.m. on Saturday)
(12:35 p.m. on Saturday)
(on Thursdays, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament immediately following Vespers until 6:10 p.m.)
(no public Compline on Tuesdays)
Sundays and Holy Days
Map & Directions
From Kansas City: (90 miles), take I-29 North to U.S. 71 North towards Maryville to Highway U. Turn East (right) on Highway U, continuing to Highway N. Turn South (right) on Highway N, continuing to Highway V V. Turn East (left) on Highway V V. Continue on Highway V V to the Abbey entrance, on your right.
From Omaha: (120 miles), take I-29 South to U.S. 136 East through Maryville. Go past Conception Junction to Highway VV at Conception. Turn South (right) on Highway VV to the Abbey entrance. Alternate route: take I-29 S. to Hamburg, then 333 East from Hamburg to 59, the J-64 to Braddyville. Go South on 71 to Maryville and continue as above.
From Des Moines: (125 miles), take I-35 South to U.S. 136 West (right) at Bethany. Continue on U.S. 136 to Highway VV at Conception. Turn South (left) to the Abbey entrance.
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.
The Bennet Book, Card, and Gift Shop located at the St. Raphael Welcome Center is the perfect place to buy religious cards, gifts, books, and products made at Conception Abbey including items from The Printery House and the full line of Abbey Oven Granola, Biscotti, Cookies, and Coffee.
The Bennet Book, Card, and Gift Shop is open:
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
JPII Fitness Center
The JPII Fitness Center features basketball, racquetball, handball, badminton, pickleball, and handball courts as well as a cardio fitness area and strength training equipment.
JPII is open to community membership use at the following times:
The beautiful grounds of Conception Abbey feature four different trails for walking and running.
The Stations of The Cross Trail begins at the northeast corner of St. Gabriel’s Guest House and makes a short circuit behind the building with 14 crosses representing the traditional fourteen stations in the devotional practice.
Connected to the Stations Trail is the Orchard Trail that goes east on the Abbey property through the orchard, around the farm buildings, and ends at the JPII Fitness Center.
The Lake Placid Trail begins at the JPII Fitness Center and loops around Lake Placid. On the southwest end of Lake Placid, a fork allows one to take the 2-mile Grotto Trail loop to the southern edge of the Abbey farm and come back to the JPII Fitness Center from the east.