Q What forms of payment do you accept?
Donations may be made by cash, check, money order, or we can accept paypal.
Q Do you offer sabbaticals?
Yes. A sabbatical retreat provides an opportunity to come away for a longer period of prayer, rest, and renewal for a one- to twelve-month period. Sabbatical guests are invited to share meals and daily periods of prayer with the resident staff and other guests, or to take meals in their cabin if they prefer silent mealtimes. Other than meals and prayer periods, the retreatant’s day can be spent in personal prayer, journaling, spiritual reading, walking, working on creative projects, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature and the deep quiet of the forest. Spiritual direction is available.
Q Are you handicap accessible?
One of our Courtyard Guest Rooms is available to people with physical challenges. This room can be accessed without having to leave the main building, which is one level. It has a private bathroom, kitchenette, wifi, and deck. This room is the closest room to our chapel and community rooms.
Q What about electronic, wifi, and cell coverage?
Electricity is available in the main building and the cottages.
Wifi is accessable in our two courtyard guest rooms, and the main office.
Cell coverage is spotty but it’s usable.
Everyone is welcome to use a phone located in the main building (a calling card is necessary to make long-distance calls).
To maintain a prayful contemplative atmosphere, we ask that guests not use cell phones in communal areas.
Q What is spiritual direction? Is it provided?
Spiritual direction is a ministry of compassionate presence while seeking to help another attempt to understand God’s ways and manifestations in the journey of life. It is a privileged time and place for a person to reflect with a spiritual director about one’s relationship with God. Retreat guests may meet with a spiritual director once during their stay at no cost; a suggested offering for additional sessions is $35 per session.
Persons also may wish to come to Christ’s Peace House of Prayer solely to meet with a spiritual director — in that case, the suggested donatation is $35 per session. This is of course a suggested donatation. No one should ever feel that compassionate guidance is unattainable due to financial constraits, please just give as you are able.
Q Do you sell gift certificates?
Gift certificates for a stay are available. What nicer gift is there to give than the gift of time with the Lord?
To obtain a gift certificate, please send a check to the House of Prayer, along with the following information:
Your name, address and phone number The name and address of the gift recipient The length of the stay you wish to provide Whether we should send the certificate to you or directly to the recipient Upon receipt of payment, we will send the certificate, along with a brochure, either to you or directly to the gift recipient.
Q Are there books and other media available?
We have both a bookstore and a good-sized library of books as well as a smaller selection of cassettes, CDs, and DVDs that may be borrowed by guests. Portable DVD/CD players and cassette players are available.
Q What does one do on a retreat?
Eucharistic Adoration is a regular feature at Christ’s Peace. Guests are welcome to join the staff for prayers three times a day as we pray the liturgy of the hours, the angelus, and other prayers. If you are unfamiliar with these prayers don’t worry we will help you along.
Communal breakfast and the midday meal are a good time of fellowoship.
Many guests spend their time following personal prayer practice, reading spirtual texts, walking on our extensive nature trails, journaling, napping, and doing artwork. To maintain an atmosphere of solitude, we ask that guests not play musical instruments outside their dwelling. We have a bookstore and a good-sized library of books as well as a smaller selection of cassettes, and CDs that may be borrowed by guests. Portable CD players and cassette players are available.
You may ask for help in structuring your time here.
Q Do you have a chapel?
We have a beautiful chapel located in the heart of the main building with the Eucharist in the tabernacle 24 hours a day. Eucharistic Adoration is a regular feature at Christ’s Peace. Sitting with Jesus in love is at the heart of contemplation.
“We do not have to talk very much in order to pray well. We know that God is there in His holy tabernacle;let us open our hearts to Him; let us rejoice in His Presence: This is the best prayer.”
~ St John Vianney.
Visiting priests are encouraged to offer Mass in the chapel.
Q Is Mass available?
We do not have a resident priest, but the local pastor says Mass here every Friday at 10 am.
Several nearby churches offer Mass. Times and maps are available in the office.
Q May I bring my pet with me?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accomodate guests’ pets.
Q What should I bring?
We suggest you bring two pair of walking shoes or boots, rain/snow gear in season, a flashlight, bug spray , and sunblock. Dress is casual. You do not need to bring linens; sheets and towels are provided.
Q Is transportation from the airport available?
Occasionally, based on staff availabilty, we can pick you up or drop you off at the airport. When staff do this it is out of their generosity, so please be considerate of their time and include a donation for gas.
If you need transportation from MCI (the Kansas City airport), we can arrange for Rick’s Airport Express to pick you up and bring you directly to the House of Prayer. The cost of a one-way trip is currently $35.
Q Is Christ’s Peace House Catholic?
Yes, We are a ministry of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. We believe in and follow the teachings of Catholic Church. We pray for the needs of the Archdiocese and the world in the Catholic tradition.
Do I have to be Catholic to come to the House of Prayer? No, Like Christ, we welcome persons of all religious backgrounds who are seeking sacred solitude and a place of retreat in a contemplative, rural setting. All guests are invited to attend ( or choose not to attend ) our communal prayer times and to participate at their own personal comfort level, or event to not attend if that is what they want.
Q Is Christ’s Peace House of Prayer open year-round?
The House of Prayer is open year round except Independence Day, Thanksgiving weekend and the week between Christmas and New Years.
The two deep woods hermitages are only open April – November.
Please note: To ensure that a staff member is available to greet you and to protect the privacy of our guests, we ask that you call to make a reservation before coming for a tour, a retreat stay, or spiritual direction.
Directions from I-70: if coming from the east, travel west on I-70 through Kansas City. Exit on the Leavenworth exit, Highways 73 (US) and 7 (Kansas). Go North, right from I-70, and travel through countryside, Lansing and into Leavenworth. At Spruce St, also Highway 92, turn left (west) and travel into the country to County Road 17, also 207th Street. Turn right and go to Mt Olivet Road. Then turn left, it is a gravel road. Continue a half mile to a fork in the road. Go to the left and down, this is now Meagher Road. Continue on until you see our mail box with our name on it. We are on the left side of the road. There is also a big sign on the left side of the road. If you are coming from the west on I-70, when you come to the Leavenworth, 73/7 exit, go left and so proceed north and as above from that point on.
Directions from I-435: I-435 circles the Kansas City metro area. We are on the west side of the circle and these directions are speaking about being on the western edge of I-435. When on I-435 heading south to I-70, turn right onto I-70 heading west. Then the directions are as above. When on I-435 heading north, when you come to I-70, turn left and head west. The directions from that point are as above.