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

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  • Learn to live monastically
    in the world

  • Cultivate the spirit of contemplative spirituality

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Retreats

We welcome men and women, Catholic and non-Catholic, who wish to make a retreat for up to one week in the guest wing of our monastery. Meals are prepared by the monks, and retreatants are welcome to join the monks for daily Mass and the Divine Office. We offer three basic types of retreats:

  1. Personal: Personal retreats may be "interactive"- with meals eaten in fellowship with other retreatants and spiritual renewal found in quiet conversation; or "silent"- with meals eaten in a silent dining area and spiritual renewal found in a more solitary experience. Our retreat booklet, A Time Apart: Making a Personal Retreat at Assumption Abbey, is available as a guide for retreatants, with following the monastic schedule and practices an option.

  2. Group: A small group may reserve the guest wing for a spiritual retreat. Individual rooms in the guest wing can accommodate up to a group of nine.

  3. Family: Parents with young children may stay at our Family Guest House (about a mile from the monastery) and share in our prayerful life.

There is no charge, but a donation is appreciated and helps defray the Monastery's cost of about $30 a day per retreatant.

Contact: Guest House Reservations
(417) 683-5110 Ext. 1

Bro. Francis for Group Reservations
(417) 683-5110 Ext. 3


Persons are increasingly feeling the need to get away from the noise and confusion of today's society - often for the purpose of seeking spiritual renewal. For precisely this reason Assumption Abbey has designated one wing of our monastery complex as a Guest House, where savoring the simplicity of mountain solitude, an individual can make a personal retreat. The Rule of St. Benedict, which we follow, instructs us to treat each guest as if he or she were Christ - and this we endeavor to do. You need only call to make a reservation for as short a time as a day, or as long as a week.

Our Guest House has nine private rooms, which can also be reserved to accommodate a small group retreat. Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, chair, bureau, sink, and toilet/shower (shared with the adjoining room). The heat and cooling are controlled by a thermostat in each room. Three meals a day are prepared by the monks, and one may eat either in a silent dining space or enjoy the fellowship of eating with other guests. If a family with young children wishes to make a retreat and share in our prayerful life, they may reserve our Family Guest House - located about a mile from the monastery.

We have prepared a booklet, entitled "A Time Apart," to help you make the most of your retreat with us. We have over three thousand acres of rolling hills, most of them covered with hardwood forests in which you may roam. A half-mile Stations of the Cross trail wanders beside streams and waterfalls. You are free to participate as much or as little as you desire in the liturgical life of the monks in the church, which is always available for prayer. The following is a possible retreat schedule that maximizes participation in the monastic liturgy:

3:30 A.M.

Vigils

4:30

Personal time for Lectio/reading, journaling, meditation/prayer/contemplation

6:30

Lauds followed by Mass (Mass at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday)

7:45

Breakfast

9:00

Terce (prayed privately)

9:15

Personal time for Lectio/reading, journaling, meditation/prayer, walking, "labor"

11:45

Sext followed by main meal at NOON

1:00 P.M.

"Meridian" (monastic term for midday siesta)

2:00

None (prayed privately)

2:15

Personal time for Lectio/reading, journaling, meditation/prayer, walking, "labor"

5:45

Vespers and community meditation

6:30

Supper

7:40

Compline

For a copy of our Retreat Booklet, click here.