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Blessed Karl Retreat

Blessed Karl of Austria Retreat: 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI—Dissolution of a Catholic Empire

August 16-18, 2018 (THIS RETREAT IS SOLD OUT)

Members of the Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria League in Kansas City, Missouri, will celebrate their second annual retreat in August. Fellow devotees of the saintly husband and father, and last reigning Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire will have the opportunity to spend 3 days learning more about his life and reign over diverse peoples in one of the most challenging periods of history.

The scheduled events include spiritual, temporal, and social activities. In order to minimize expenses, benefactors have provided for a cocktail reception Thursday, guest speakers, conference space,  light breakfasts, and a birthday celebration for Bl. Emperor Karl on Friday evening. Guests are responsible for accomodations, museum tour ($10), lunches and dinner on Saturday evening.

We are honored to have Canon Francis Xavier Altiere, Rector of Old Saint Patrick Oratory, as our chaplain for the retreat and to accompany us throughout the weekend events.


Thursday, August 16

  • 5 p.m. — Welcome- SCHUTZMAN RESIDENCE
  • 6 p.m. — Opening-Retreat Schedule, Spiritual Reflections & Prayers - Fr. Lawrence Carney
  • 7 p.m. — Social hour- Cocktail Reception

Friday, August 17 - Birthday of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria

  • 8:30 a.m. — Coffee and Pastries, WWI MUSEUM-ANTEROOM
  • 9 a.m. — Opening Prayer - CANON FRANCIS XAVIER ALTIERE, Rector - Old Saint Patrick Oratory
  • 9:15 a.m. — Lecture - DR. PAUL VAN WIE, Associate Professor Molloy College, NY
  • 10:15 a.m. — Break
  • 10:30 a.m. — Lecture - DR. ALAN FIMISTER, Assistant Professor of Theology and Church History, St. John Vianney Seminary, Denver, CO
  • 12 p.m. — Lunch/ Free Time CROWN CENTER, Downtown Kansas City  
  • 2 p.m. — Guided Tour WWI MUSEUM
  • 6 p.m. — Solemn High Mass - OLD SAINT PATRICK ORATORY with Veneration of Blessed Karl Relic
  • 8 p.m. — Birthday Dinner Celebration Blessed Karl - SCHUTZMAN RESIDENCE

Saturday, August 18

  • 9 a.m. — Coffee and Pastries
  • 9:30 a.m. — Spiritual Conference - CANON ALTIERE
  • 10:30 a.m. — Break
  • 11 a.m. — Spiritual Conference - TBD
  • 12 p.m. — Lunch/Free Time CROWN CENTER, Downtown Kansas City
  • 3 p.m. — Closing Reflections, SUZANNE PEARSON, National Delegate Emperor Karl League-VIENNA ZIMMER, GRUNAUER Restaurant
  • 5 p.m. — Dinner, GRUNAUER Restaurant

Sunday, August 19

  • 10:15 a.m. — Mass, OLD SAINT PATRICK ORATORY



  • WWI MUSEUM: 2 Memorial Dr., Kansas City, MO  64108
  • CROWN PLAZA CENTER: 24590 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO  64108
  • OLD SAINT PATRICK ORATORY: 806 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO  64106
  • GRUNAUER RESTAURANT: 101 W 22nd St., Kansas City, MO  64108


  • MCI AIRPORT HOTELS (17 mi. from city center)
  • CROWN CENTER HOTELS (city center)

Retreat Sold Out

For information on future retreats, please contact:

Mrs. J. Schutzman, Blessed Karl Archive, Board Member   (214) 587-7368