What makes us special?


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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.  



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. 

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.

How to Register for Our Retreats

  • Click on Register Online tab on the Home Page
  • Or send contact information (Name, address, email) to
  • Call Mariann 618-292-8039 or Ann 618-267-3876 for information on retreats.
  • Registration Fee for Retreats Monthly Retreats: $30.00 per person
  • Annual October Conference: $45.00 per person
Mental Health from a Catholic Perspective
Dr. Rita Tranquilli will be available to confer with retreatants who wish to discuss mental health issues.  Dr. Rita has 25 years of experience as a psychiatrist and neurologist. She recently retired from private practice and moved to Vandalia, anticipating involvement with OSMM.  Rita is pleased to provide counseling sessions for individuals who find themselves struggling with emotional problems.  She strongly believes in the power of prayer and the necessity of God’s intervention for authentic inner-healing.