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Conception Abbey, Conception

#83 of 117 in Historic Sites in Missouri
Must see · Religious Site · Architectural Building
Conception Abbey, site of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, is a monastery of the Swiss-American Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation. The monastery, founded by the Swiss Engelberg Abbey in 1873 in northwest Missouri's Nodaway County, was raised to a conventual priory in 1876 and elevated to an abbey in 1881. In 2021 the community numbered fifty-eight monks who celebrate the Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours daily and who staff and administer Conception Seminary College, the Printery House, and the Abbey Guest Center. Monks also serve as parish priests and hospital chaplains in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph and other dioceses. There is also a large postal facility attached to The Printery House, operated by lay employees, which includes package shipping and delivery facilities.

Conception Abbey is located in Conception, Missouri just outside Conception Junction, Missouri.

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  • It's hard to add anything new to the previous reviews. As we were walking up to the basilica, I sneezed and looked around to make sure I hadn't bothered anyone, as it is a very quiet place. We had a.....  more »
  • A very quiet place to get away for sure. Very beautiful setting. I stayed in the guest house. very clean and simple. Meals are available for $7 which I declined. The gift shop has a wide arrange of...  more »
  • Solace, reflection, devotion, peace, serenity, love, harmony, spiritual, acceptance, welcoming, stewardship and glorious are just a few words that come to mind as I describe Conception Abbey, basilica, monastery and Seminary College. The many catholic brothers who reside here are devoted to their faith, vows and service while encompassing their individual and unique talents in unity. I’ve had the pleasure as a invited guest of my partner’s (during the last 3 years) who is a Benedictine Brother in the religious community of the Companions of St. Luke, in the Episcopal Church. The monastic Brothers and Sisters come biannually for Convocation lasting a week.
  • We stayed on our way to a Steubenville conference, and it was perfect.

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