Opportunities to Experience Monastic Life

Join us for a few days of Benedictine prayer and work        (ora et labora)!

Each of the monastic days begin with early morning praise and worship with the sisters followed by a work schedule!  Pray alongside the sisters and soak up the quiet atmosphere of the monastery while having time to meditate in one of our three chapels. Discerning women will want to stay awhile and reflect on God's Word and monastic surroundings.

"Who will dwell in your tent, O God; who will find rest upon your holy mountain?"                                     (Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue 23)

We host several monastic experience days every year.  You are always welcome here. Call or e-mail Sister Barbara for more information. You are our guest, so there is no cost to you. We look forward to sharing a morning, evening, weekend or week with you.

Discernment Retreat Days

The next discernment day is Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Explore your inner desires by looking deeper within through prayer, contemplation and discernment with the help of a spiritual guide. Future days are Sept. 17 and Oct. 8, from     8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Please contact S. Barbara Smith at 913-426-5275 call, text or email vocation@mountosb.org

Monastic Experience

At the lake house with Sister Barbara SmithDesigned to introduce you to our life in community, this vocation retreat includes discussions on Benedictine prayer, ministry, monastic life and the history of our community. We welcome you to join us in prayer and at table, in quiet and in social time. Come join us for a weekend or day of prayer and work (ora et labora). Call or email for a reservation to fit your schedule.

All of the monastic experience days begin at 8:00 am - 5:30 pm and, if needed, arrangements can be made for overnight stays if traveling long distances. Contact Sister Barbara for the next scheduled monastic experiences.

Sunday at the Monastery 

For a glance at our Benedictine sisters' lives, join us on a Sunday morning for morning prayer, Eucharist, brunch, and a tour. E-mail or Call S. Barbara Smith for availability: vocation@mountosb.org, or  913-426-5275, by text if you prefer.

As You Like 

Come and visit at a time that fits your schedule. If you would like to come for a short time and take a tour, that's great! Or stay longer and join us for morning, midday, or evening prayers and a meal! Call or email S. Barbara Smith for availability.

Other Ways to Experience Monastic Life

Peace HouseAnother place for discernment is Peace House in midtown Kansas City, Missouri.  Six Benedictine sisters from Atchison, Kansas, live there and minister in Kansas City as teachers, counselors, and at Catholic Charities. Any woman between the ages of 21-45 that would like to experience the Benedictine life of prayer, work and community while fully participating in an active ministry for a week, month or a year, please contact Sister Barbara Smith for information.