Monastery and World:
Live in Both

  • Live in our community part-time or full-time

  • Participate in our daily activities

  • Learn to live monastically
    in the world

  • Cultivate the spirit of contemplative spirituality

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The Guest House...

Our Lady's AssumptionIt is our joy to welcome Christ to our monastery in the person of our brothers and sisters. Assumption Abbey seeks to be a place of retreat where men and women can come apart for a time to find quiet, rest, spiritual guidance, a time to be more intimate with the Lord and to commune with themselves.

Our guesthouse is intimate and homey. The number of guests at any one time is small, hardly ever more than six or eight, usually three to five. This fact helps our guests enter into the contemplative and natural silence of the monastery and its surroundings. Guests can make reservations for the guesthouse by phone (417-683-5110), or by e-mail [].

Making a Retreat

We do not usually schedule organized retreats but rather leave each individual to structure his or her time as seems best to the individual. Groups are welcome and they can organize their own schedule. Participation in the prayer of the Community in the monastery chapel can provide a basic framework. The many acres of monastic solitude provide ample space for quiet walks and reflection. There is a small library available with video conferences.

For a copy of our Retreat Booklet, click here.

Visiting the Abbey

Visitors are always welcome in the monastic chapel for quiet prayer and meditation and to participate with the monks in their prayer. They are also welcome in the Guesthouse reception where there is a small shop that makes our fruit cakes, books and religious articles available. It is also possible to arrange to have Masses offered at the Abbey for your intentions.

There is no public transportation direct to the Abbey. Air travelers should book to Springfield-Branson (Missouri) Regional Airport. Bus travelers should arrive in Springfield, MO. Let the Abbey know the details of your arrival and departure. For those coming by car, see the map. There is no Wi-Fi available and cell phone signals are weak to non existent.

Suggested Reading

Cistercian Publications of Kalamazoo, Michigan, publishes English translations of the monastic, liturgical and mystical writings of the early Cistercian fathers, along with a wide range of other texts relating to the monastic life.