Our Retreats

What makes our retreats special?  We Are Here to Serve You

  • We hold small, intimate events where you can interact directly with speakers and OSMM community members

  • Holy Mass is held daily

  • Informative, uplifting speakers who will help you to live your faithfully confidently and joyfully 

  • Time to pray and reflect,  journal and take time to meditate.  

  • Prayer Teams to pray with you for your intentions when available

  • Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Guided Meditations, and Adoration 

  • We provide solid Catholic teaching always remaining within the teachings of the Magisterium and Holy Father

All of our events, no matter what the topic, have the underlying purpose of providing healing and reconciliation first with God and then with ourselves and others.  

Healing begins with understanding God's plan for our own journey and salvation.  Through the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and meditative opportunities we hope to further your personal relationship with Christ.  

General Information

All retreats are held at: The Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, 318 N. 8th St. Vandalia, IL 62471

We are located about a one-hour drive East of St. Louis Airport. Details are included on our Maps and Directions page.

Registration fees include admission to the retreat. Lodging and Meals are not included. 

Parking is available at the corner of 8th St. and W. St. Clair St.

No one under 18 is allowed at retreats.  Children are welcome at our Annual Conference in October.

Local hotels are listed on our Lodging and Meals page

We have several restaurants within one mile of Sanctuary for meals. You are also welcome to bring or pick up a meal and eat in our outdoor devotional areas. Outdoor tables/chairs are available as you enjoy our grounds. 

We feature four Chapels within the Sanctuary.

  • The Blessed Sacrament is reposed within the Stabat Mater Chapel. 
  • We have a chapel dedicated to Fr. Peter Rookey who was our mentor and entrusted us with many of his personal items.
  • Chapel of Mary, Reconciler of All People and Nations. This chapel is dedicated to Our Lady as she appeared to Servant of God Maria Esperanza in Betania, Venezuela.
  • Chapel of the Church Triumphant.  This chapel holds our many relics, including several first class relics of the holy saints.  It is a truly remarkable collection.

On the grounds, we have a replica of the Holy Sepulcher in the rear yard of the House of Mary and Martha. The Blessed Sacrament is reposed there during retreats. We encourage you to visit the Holy Sepulcher for prayer.

You are welcome to spend time praying in all of our chapels and devotional areas.

Our gift shop will be available for spiritual aids, books and other sacramentals for yourself, family and friends.

The general schedule for retreats is Friday from 4 pm - 8 pm, Saturday 8:30 pm - 6 pm and Sunday Mass at 8:00 am.

Agendas do vary.  The agenda for each retreat will be posted on the individual retreat pages when they are confirmed with the speaker.

How to Register for Our Retreats

Click Register Online

Or send contact information (Name, address, email) to [email protected]

Call Mariann 618-292-8039 or Ann 618-267-3876 for information on retreats.

Registration Fee for Retreats Monthly Retreats: $45.00 per person

Annual October Conference: $50.00 per person