Our Mission

Our ministry was founded by Debbie Pryor and Vanessa Keck as a way to bring others closer to their Catholic faith. Through the years it has evolved into a ministry of healing and reconciliation. They, along with the help of over twenty community members, hold monthly retreats that strive to inform and engage retreatants in the faith of the Catholic Church. More importantly, they bring people closer to our Lord and our Blessed Mother through the Holy Mass, Adoration and prayer. We strive to help others have An Encounter with God. The gifted priests we host help bring peace, healing and reconciliation to many. Individuals are encouraged to meet with prayer teams for private prayer.

Join us in this holy place where you can “come away and rest awhile”. 
Relax and encounter our Lady and our Lord and be refreshed.

God has Blessed Us Tremendously

We began our ministry with an Annual Conference. We have been privileged to host dozens of retreats with internationanlly known speakers who all traveled to the "middle of nowhere" to speak at our events. We have sponsored pilgrimages to the Holy Land, Rome, Lourdes, Fatima, Compostela and many more holy sites.

View a list of our past events

You may need to get a cup of coffee and find an easy chair, you won't believe who we have had the privilege of knowing and hosting at our retreats. Many have become our close friends, advisors and confidantes.

God is so great and He is never outdone in HIs generosity. 

Vanessa Keck and Debbie Pryor, Foundresses and Leaders of OSMM

In the Beginning...

We began this ministry as a way to help our fellow Catholics learn about their faith. We began with an Annual Conference and as time passed we grew adding more retreats and pilgrimages. As we continued to grow, we received discernment that we were being called to provide more frequent but smaller, more intimate retreats to enable people to have a personal encounter with God. Our retreatants frequently say, they feel close to God and the Blessed Mother when they are here. Our goal is and always has been to work for God, devoted to His Mother and docile to His Will.


Fr. Peter Rookey

Fr. Peter Rookey was our friend and mentor. We worked for him for seven years escorting him to visit the sick in hospitals and homes and driving him to many healing services in the St. Louis area. He was instrumental in the founding of Our Sorrowful Mother's Ministry. We love you, Fr. Rookey, and are eternally grateful for your friendship and support. 

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