U.S. Province Oblate Ministries



King’s House at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Belleville, IL

King’s House Retreat and Renewal Center is a welcoming place where all people can find an atmosphere of prayerful solitude, communal worship, and spiritual companionship on the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL.  A ministry in the Roman Catholic tradition, King’s House is sponsored and staffed by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

The Shrine Guesthouse has 39 sleeping rooms to accommodate your guests on overnight retreats for single or double occupancy.  The Guesthouse offers a lounge and hospitality area to host socials or to relax and reflect.

Across from the Guesthouse, the Shrine Visitor’s Center provides a chapel, breakout rooms, lounge, dining room and a large conference room.  All conference rooms, including the breakout rooms, are equipped to accommodate audio-visual needs.




Christ the King Retreat Center

Buffalo, MN

Serving the community for more than 60 years.


Christ the King Retreat Center opened in 1952 after purchasing the house and property built by Joseph Lethert in 1921. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate conducted the first retreat on the premises on September 24-26, 1952, after the dedication ceremony conducted by Auxiliary Bishop James Byrne of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul. In 1966, the name of the Archdiocese was expanded to include Minneapolis.

An atmosphere of peace and solitude.

Christ the King Retreat Center is located in Buffalo, MN which is located 42 miles northeast of Minneapolis in Wright County. We are located on a bluff overlooking Buffalo Lake which was named after the buffalo fish.

With its tree-covered grounds and beautiful bluff walks, this area provides an atmosphere of peace and solitude, and a sacred place for meditation, reflection and quiet time.

(763) 682-1394