What makes us special? We Are Here to Serve You
Small intimate retreats where you can interact directly with speakers and OSMM community members
Holy Mass, Confession, Adoration
Prayer Teams to pray with you for your intentions
Spiritual Mentoring available on selected retreats
Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Guided Meditations
Our retreats end with a prayer/healing service where each person is prayed with individually
We provide solid Catholic teaching always remaining within the teachings of the Magisterium and Holy Father
All of our retreats, 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. We provide the sacraments of Eucharist and Confession and meditative opportunities to further your personal relationship with Christ.
March 29-31, 2019
Msgr. Eugene Morris
Carrying our Crosses in Daily Life
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24
What does it mean to "take up our cross"? Why is suffering inevitable in this life? Why do some people suffer so much?
Suffering can be a form of sanctification for us. By relying on Our Lord and joining our suffering with HIm we can overcome all obstacles. Find out the theology behind why God allows suffering.
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Stay with Us! Find out about our Retreat Houses Here. Limited space is available.
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.
No one under 18 is allowed at retreats. Children are welcome at our Annual Conference in October.
Local hotels are listed on our Meals and Lodging 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 three 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.
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.
You are welcome to spend time praying in all of our chapels and devotional areas.