Refurbishments Finalized at King’s House at the Shrine

Construction is now complete at the King’s House Retreat and Renewal Center at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois, providing retreatants with more chapels, conference rooms and guest rooms. The retreat center is now known as King’s House at the Shrine.

Last summer, King’s House relocated from a few miles away to the Shrine to take advantage of its unique ministries that help people to discover healing and hope in their lives.

“These facilities will better serve our retreatants,” said Fr. Salvador (Chava) Gonzalez, OMI, director of the Shrine and King’s House. “They are more accessible for today’s older population. The retreatants can take advantage of the Shrine’s programs and explore the Shrine’s 160 acres of outdoor devotional areas for creative solitude.”

Refurbishment of King’s House was in two phases. In the first phase, 40 guest rooms were renovated on the first floor of the former Guest House at the Shrine. In addition, a new chapel and conference room, as well as the King’s House “Rocking Chair Corner,” were created at the Shrine Visitor’s Center specifically for retreatants. The Guest House and Visitor’s Center are literally across the private road from each other.

In the second phase, 14 more guest rooms were renovated on the second floor. In addition, a new sitting room that doubles as a library, a small conference room, and a small “personal” prayer chapel were created.