In 1974, Sister Miriam Stoll, of the Sisters of Providence in St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana, felt inspired by God to open a prayer house with hermitages. With the generous help of a lawyer who donated his services to set up a non-profit corporation, Glimpse of Glory Ministries began.
Sr. Miriam spent 3 years searching before she found the perfect location for this new house of prayer: Pevely, Missouri. The property, on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, had been the summer home of Frank and Marie McNaughton. After the death of her husband, Marie McNaughton was holding out for the right buyer for the property. According to Sr. Miriam, Mrs. McNaughton wanted someone to buy the property who would have a religious affiliation.
The property was acquired on June 17, 1977 and construction began in a humble way. They started by converting the garage into a single cabin – the first hermitage. Construction moved slowly, but as word of this new ministry spread, generous gifts of prayer, money, skill, and materials were donated. In time, construction began on three individual hermitages facing the river. Eventually, six more hermitages, bordering the woods, were added.
Stationed next door at Saint Pius X Benedictine Abbey, Father WilfridTunick, OSB jumped in to help Sr. Miriam. He assisted her in improving and beautifying the property, and in converting the summer house into a place of ministry and prayer. As co-directors, Fr.Wilfrid and Sr. Miriam ministered to the spiritual needs of the retreatants and offered them hospitality and respite from their busy lives.
In time, Sr. Miriam moved on to other ministries. When the Abbey closed in 1984, and the property sold to a private developer, Fr. Wilfrid stayed on at Vision of Peace, serving the many guests who came for spiritual renewal and a return to serenity.
In 1994, Fr. Wilfrid left Vision of Peace in the care of lay directors. Today, Vision of Peace continues the fruit of their labors; it is a place of peace, prayer, rest, and solitude. Managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, Vision of Peace remains an oasis of calm amidst our busy, plugged-in culture.
Our humble beginnings continue to be reflected in our reliance on the generosity of our patrons, local contractors, and skilled laborers to maintain the vision presented in prayer to Sr. Miriam nearly 40 years ago.