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Conception Abbey welcomes you as Christ

St. Benedict tells us that “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

Conception’s Abbey Guest Center provides simple, yet comfortable, accommodations in an atmosphere of quiet, perfect for private prayer and reflection. We invite you to stay in our recently built St. Gabriel Guesthouse and welcome your group, small or large. Our facilities include, overnight accommodations, small meeting rooms, large conference rooms and meals.

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Whether you come for a tour, personal retreat, directed retreat, workshop, or just to get away, we hope that after one visit, you’ll never be a stranger to Conception Abbey. Visit us online for more information and a full listing of our directed retreats, www.conceptionabbey.org/guests. May your stay be spiritually refreshing and personally relaxing.

About Conception

Conception Abbey is in Conception, Missouri, an hour and a half north of Kansas City. It is a monastery of the Swiss-American Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation. It was established in 1873 when Abbot Frowin Conrad and seven novices came from Engelberg Abbey in Switzerland to found a monastic house from which to serve the needs of the local Catholic community.

Today, the spiritual descendants of Abbot Frowin provide pastoral care to local parishes, as well as hospitals, religious houses, and schools throughout the Midwest

The Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey are historians, writers, scholars, teachers, musicians and artisans. The community tends the abbey grounds, cares for farmland and orchards, and runs the Abbey Guest Center, Conception Seminary College and The Printery House. Through their various apostolates, the monks of Conception Abbey have made substantial contributions throughout the Midwest and beyond.

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