Join us for the St. Michaels and All Angels 2020 Men's Retreat, March 6-7

The upcoming STMAA Men's Retreat is scheduled Friday and Saturday, Mar. 6-7, 2020, at Conception Abbey in northwest Missouri. The 24-hour overnight event has been held annually there for many years.


Marian Hall will be our accomdations this year. Clean, comfortable, and very quiet (and better yet for some of you- no kids!!-they are at home, enjoying the attention of someone else.) A good night's sleep awaits.


That guy you've seen in the pew for years - he has an interesting life story. The retired member you chat with some Sundays-- wisdom that only experience can teach. And it's all shared in a relaxed atmosphere where drinks and even cigars are found. No collars-just guys discovering that issues they face aren't that unusual after all.


Friday night: Famous Chef Bob Henry cooking fish - he welcomes all who want to chat. Saturday the staff at the Abbey prepares and serves breakfast and lunch - good food offered with gratitude for your visit. And while you eat all your meals you might discover that you attended the same college as a new friend.


In years past we have begun after dinner with an opening session led by the guest speaker, followed by two sessions on Saturday. This year's retreat is being planned with maybe some changes to come. Regardless of the format, you may talk, just listen, or do both- your choice, no pressure. Free time is also built into the schedule to explore the Abbey grounds, take photos of the peaceful countryside, or go see the timeless basilica at the nunnery in Clyde a very short distance away.



  • Session 1 (Friday Night): Q&A with the new rector
  • Session 2: Spiritual Gifts
  • Session 3: Fruits of the Spirit
  • Session 4: The Body of Christ

David Cox

The Reverend Dr. S. David Cox

I grew up with my parents and four younger brothers in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of northeast Tennessee. I was raised in the Southern Baptist denomination, attended a wonderful Baptist college where I began to realize that I no longer felt at home in the Baptist tradition, and attended a Presbyterian seminary where I began to fall in love with the Episcopal church. After finishing my education, I served for five years as the Instructor of Sociology and Religion at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri. During that time, I pursued a year of Anglican studies and completed the ordination process. I was ordained to the priesthood on December 1, 2012, in the Diocese of West Missouri.

While in seminary, I met my wonderful wife, Amy, to whom I have been married for 14 years. Amy was ordained to the priesthood in November, 2013, having been previously ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). We have two amazing children, Abby (11) and Simon (7), who are true reminders of the riches of God’s blessings.

As a priest, I am especially interested in the church’s responsibility to integrate hearts and minds in the life of the Spirit of God—creating disciples of Christ. I believe that we are created by God with a purpose and that we are most at peace when we realize that purpose. In my ministry, I strive to help prepare us to do the work that God intends for us to do and to be the people that God intends us to be. I believe that such preparation begins with the cultivation of a moral disposition characterized by an attentiveness to the presence of the Spirit of God in all things. This disposition arises from the deep and profound hospitality that the Father showed us in our creation, that Christ showed us in giving his life for us, and that the Spirit shows us every day as it nurtures, empowers, and transforms us.

Retreat Costs

Your cost covers your room, food, and our group conference room.


$60 per person

  • Fish fry
  • Abbey meals
  • Conference room
  • Guest room