Men’s Retreat November 15-17, 2019
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Couple's Retreat March 20-22, 2020
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Holy Week Retreat April 8-12, 2020
Registration will open in January 2020

Women's Retreat April 24-26, 2020
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For Private Retreats
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Official Abbey Retreats

During this 2019-2020 retreat season, we are offering our Abbey Men’s, Couple’s, and Women’s weekend retreats on the topic of monastic silence. It will be a very quiet retreat weekend. Seriously, we will have conferences on the topic of silence as we experience it in monastic life and reflections on how to practice it in your daily lives. We live in a noisy world. Practicing silence in this busy and crazy-making world becomes a great way to stay connected with the God who created us for love. The benefits of such a practice of silence include peace as well as a closeness with God who desires to stay close to us.

Fr. Jay Kythe, OSB
Abbey Retreat Master

St. Benedict’s Abbey
1020 North Second St
Atchison, KS 66002

Phone: 913-367-7853 (Abbey Switchboard)

These retreats begin with Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Friday at 5 pm and conclude with lunch on Sundays. There will be prayer times with the monks, conferences, opportunities for confession and spiritual direction, rest and relaxation, walks along the bluffs of the Missouri River, a social time with the monks, and many other activities to recharge you spiritually on the retreat.

We ask for a free will offering of $175 per person ($300 for our couple’s retreat) to cover costs. All accommodations are double rooms in our Abbey Guest House (sorry, we cannot offer single rooms due to space considerations). When you register for the retreat, you will have the opportunity to mark whether you want a room in our Guest House or if you intend to stay elsewhere. You will also have the opportunity to choose a roommate (please have your roommate register separately). Commuters are welcome too. Linens and towels are provided. Meals will be in our monastic refectory (dining hall). A separate kitchen facility is also available on the ground floor of the Guest House if you need it. There is a Keurig machine in that kitchen for use with K cups that are provided in your rooms as well as in the kitchen (coffee, decaf, tea, and hot chocolate).

Please indicate on the registration form if you have any dietary restrictions.

The typical schedule for our Abbey weekend retreats:


  • 4:00 pm Arrival (Abbey Guest House and Check-in)

  • 5:00 p.m. Vespers (Abbey)

  • 5:25 p.m. Free Time / Private Prayer / Getting settled

  • 6:10 p.m. Dinner (Refectory)

  • 7:00 p.m. Conference #1 (Guest House Lounge)


  • 5:45 a.m. Vigils and Morning Prayer (Abbey)

  • 6:20 a.m. Lectio Divina / Private Prayer

  • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast (Refectory)

  • 8:00 am Conference #2 (Guest House Lounge)

  • 9:00 am Confessions / Spiritual Direction (Guest House Parlor Rooms) until 11:00 am; Free Time

  • 11:45 a.m. Midday Prayer (Abbey)

  • 12:10 p.m. Conventual Mass (Abbey)

  • 12:55 p.m. Lunch (Refectory)

  • 1:45 pm Conference #3 (Guest House Lounge)

  • 4:30 pm Conference #4 (Guest House Lounge)

  • 5:45 p.m. Vespers (Abbey)

  • 6:10 p.m. Dinner (Refectory)

  • 7:00 p.m. Holy Hour for Vocations with Compline (Abbey / St. Joseph Chapel)

  • 8:15 p.m. Social with Monks (Guest House Lounge)


  • 6:30 a.m. Vigils and Morning Prayer (Abbey)

  • 7:10 a.m. Breakfast (Refectory)

  • 8:00 a.m. Conference #5 (Guest House Lounge)

  • 10:00 a.m. Abbey-Student Mass (Abbey)

  • 12:05 p.m. Midday Prayer (Abbey)

  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch (Refectory) – Retreat ends with lunch

Holy Week Retreat, April 8-12, 2020

This retreat is primarily for Benedictine College students and recent alumni. We ask for a free will offering of $30. Accommodations are in your college-assigned residences. A limited number of rooms are available in the Abbey Guest House. 

There will be opportunities for spiritual conferences, much free time for prayer and reflection, praying with the monks, an outdoor Stations of the Cross, and other activities. It is designed to help you to enter into the beautiful liturgies of the Holy Triduum and Easter, to drink deeply of the well of the mysteries of salvation that we reflect upon during this most sacred time.

The theme for this year’s retreat is The Harrowing of Hell, a glimpse of the Passion and Death of the Lord through the lens of the victory of the Cross by His glorious Resurrection. We will begin registrations for this retreat in January 2020. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Private Group Retreats

Various Groups may use our facilities for private retreats. We may provide conferences based on the above theme, or you may be self-directed. Please click here or contact me with the information below if you are interested in a retreat for your group, and we’ll get back to you regarding accommodation availability and cost.

Priests, deacons, seminarians, and religious retreats

Priests, deacons, seminarians, and religious are most welcome to come for a private retreat, especially for your canonical annual retreat. You may participate in an Ignatian-style silent retreat (with elements of Benedictine spirituality) or be on your own. Eight day retreats can also be done. A monk can provide as much or as little spiritual direction as you desire. Clergy discounts are available to priests, deacons, seminarians, and religious. Please contact me if you are interested. 

Private Retreats

Silent, directed or undirected retreats are available. There are many places within the Abbey Church and Crypt and on the Benedictine College campus to pray. We are located 45 minutes north of the Kansas City airport. The cost is $50 per night. 

Accommodations are in our Abbey Guest House. The rooms are modest and simple. There is a lounge area with a TV on the ground floor. Linens and towels are provided. Meals will be in our monastic refectory (dining hall) unless you wish to cook for yourself in the kitchen area located on the ground floor of the Guest House. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any dietary restrictions. 

Please fill out the form below or contact me with the information below if you are interested in scheduling a private retreat. We will check our Guest House availability and get back to you.

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