What makes our monthly retreats special?

We are here to serve you.

“The priests and guest speakers I have listened to at the OSMM retreats have been very inspiring and knowledgeable. Listening to them has made me learn more about my faith and it has helped me become more connected to God. Attending these retreats has changed my life spiritually.

It is a great experience attending the OSMM retreats and I strongly recommend those who are needing spiritual healing to consider attending.”

–Nancy Meinhart

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.

Retreat Schedule

Please Note:  All of our events are in-person only.
We are not able to offer anything live-streamed or recorded.

Fr. Joseph Esper: Preparing for the Coming Persecution

Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother 318 N. 8th Street, Vandalia, IL, United States

Fr. Esper is an author of several books, including Preparing for the Upcoming Persecution. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit and is the Pastor of Immaculate Conception […]


Register Online

You may also register by sending your contact information (name, address, email) to [email protected].

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

Retreat Details

General Information

General information for regular weekend retreats

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. Directions are included below.

Please note: the Sanctuary of the Sorrowful Mother is only open on weekends when we have retreats.

All of our events are in person only.

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.

During breaks, our gift shop will be available for spiritual aids, books and other sacramentals for yourself, family and friends. There will be a blessing of sacramentals during the retreat.

Agenda for retreats 

Friday from 4 pm – 8 pm      Doors open at 2 pm.  Divine Mercy Chaplet, Holy Mass, Holy Rosary, Opening Presentation 

Saturday 8:30 am – 6 pm  Doors open at 8 am. Holy Rosary, Holy Mass, Presentations, Adoration, Time for Prayer and Reflection, Prayer Teams, Blessing of Religious Items

Sunday: Mass at 8:00 am. 


Agenda for Annual Conference

Friday from 4 pm – 8 pm. Doors open at 2 pm: Divine Mercy Chaplet, Holy Mass, Rosary, Presentations

Saturday 9 am  Doors open at 8 am: Holy Mass, Presentations, Divine Mercy Chaplet

Sunday 9 am – 11 pm: Holy Mass, Presentation, Blessing of Sacramentals

“The chapels at OSMM have given me a place to retreat, so I can have that one on one time with God in prayer. They also have prayer groups that have blessed my life. OSMM has brought me so much spiritually and is heaven sent to help those looking to deepen their connection to our Lord.”

–Hilda Ledbetter


We no longer offer housing on our grounds. 

Local housing options are listed to the right.

21 Mattes Avenue
Vandalia, IL 62471

(618) 283-0010

Call the local number and ask for the OSMM rate. Do NOT press a number for reservations or call the 800 number, just speak to the front desk clerk.
Hot Breakfast buffet is included.
Indoor pool

1920 N. Kennedy Ave.
Vandalia, IL 62471

(618) 283-4400

Continental Breakfast
Outdoor Pool

The 8th Hole. Small apartment with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, laundry, living area and kitchenette

Owner is a friend of ours. Highly recommended. Approximately 5 minute drive to OSMM.

See website.

The Hidden Gem.  2 Bedrooms, I Bath in a 2000 sq. ft apartment

Minutes from OSMM

See website.

Modern family home in historic Vandalia

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 2 baths

See website.

The Lake House. Located on Rt. 185 on Vandalia Lake.

6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1 bath

See website

 Located in downtown Vandalia across the street from the the Old State Capitol.  Minutes from OSMM

1 Bed, 1 Sofa Bed, 1 Bath

see website

In Vandalia, IL

8 guests, 2 bedrooms, 5 beds, 1 Bath.        See More



Brazle Haus Bed and Breakfast
2311 N. 1450 St.
Brownstown, IL 62418
[email protected]

See website

Brownstown, IL

(618) 427-5140

St. Elmo, IL

(618) 829-3383


There are no meals included with our retreats. A list of local restaurants will be available at the conference.

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.

Retreat Registration Fee Schedule

Registration Fee for monthly weekend retreats: $45.00

Annual October Conference: $50.00

No Refunds for Registration during week of retreat.

Map & Directions

OSMM is located approximately one hour from St. Louis, Missouri, right on I-70. If flying into St Louis Lambert Airport, it will be necessary to rent a vehicle to drive to OSMM.

Please note: the Sanctuary of the Sorrowful Mother is only open on weekends when we have retreats.


Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
318 N. 8th Street
Vandalia, IL 62471 USA

Coming from the north or east:

Take Interstate 57 south to Interstate 70 west to Vandalia exit #63.
Turn left off ramp.
At 2nd stoplight, turn right onto Veterans Ave.
At the next stoplight, turn left onto 8th St.
Stay to the right on 8th St. Go 10 blocks and turn left onto St. Clair for parking.

Coming from the west:

Take Interstate 70 east to Vandalia exit #61.
Turn right off the ramp and go one and a half miles.
Turn left onto 8th St. (at RR tracks).
Make an immediate right onto St. Clair for parking.

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