Upcoming Programs

 

General Information

  • Room, meals, and linens are included in program cost.
  • Unless noted otherwise, weekend programs begin Friday at 7:30 pm and end Sunday after the noon meal.
  • Programs may be cancelled for insufficient registration.
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Would  you like more information about any of our programs?  We can be reached at (256) 734-8302 or retreats@shmon.org.

 

 

Still Green with Fruit: Flourishing in One's Older Years

May 21, 2014  ~  9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

What are the hidden graces of old age that prepare us for the final surrender of our life on earth?  How might we, as the psalmist writes (92:15), continue to "bear fruit even in old age."  This retreat will be based on the book by Emilie Griffin, Green Leaves for Older Years.

Retreat Director: Sister Kathleen Gallas, OSB

Cost:  $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


Finding God in Every Nook and Cranny

June 7, 2014  ~  9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Based on her popular books, Everyday Epiphanies and When the Rain Speaks, Sr. Melannie's retreat will focus on finding God in our everyday lives: in relationships, nature, work play, joy, suffering and prayer.  Using scripture,  music, stories, and humor, Sister will lead prayerful reflection on discovering God in the particular circumstances of our lives.

Retreat Director: Sister Melannie Svoboda, SND

Cost:  $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


8-Day Intensive / Post - Intensive Centering Prayer

June 24-July 1, 2014

Intensive: An in-depth retreat for those experienced in Centering Prayer.  The retreat will facilitate entrance into a more profound level of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community, designed to assist participants in entering a more intimate relationship with God.  Videotapes of Fr. Thomas Keating's Spiritual Journey course will be viewed.

Post-Intensive: A next step into a profound silence and stillness to facilitate a more intimate union with

God.  An Intensive Centering Prayer experience is a prerequisite of the Post-Intensive.

Arrival is between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on June 25, with departure after breakfast on the final day.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

For cost and registration information: Please contact Diana Tschache at (205) 991-6964 or tschached [at] bellsouth [dot] net for registration information.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required for the 8-day retreat. 


 

Five-Day Directed Retreat

July 14 - 18, 2014

Thei retreat offers an opportunity for on-going faith development under the personal guidance of an experienced director.  Enjoy silence, scheduled consultations with a spiritual director, and time for personal reflection and prayer.  Participants have the option of joining the Benedictine Community for Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours. 

Retreat Directors: Sister Kathleen Gallas, OSB; Sister Mary McGehee, OSB

Cost: Private Room $395; Limited Enrollment.

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

August 29-31, 2014

January 16 - 18, 2015

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition.  Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. 

This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer.  Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $210

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

Contemplative Centering Prayer Retreat

October 30 - November 2, 2014

Sr. Thérèse Haydel, O.S.B., will present reflections on the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and her spirituality of "the little way," doing little things with great love.  This 4-day retreat will be framed in Centering Prayer and silence, but there will be group sharing.

Retreat Directors: Sr. Thérèse Haydel, O.S.B., and Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $249

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

Slow Prayer in a Fast World

Saturday, October 18, 2014  ~  9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

This one-day retreat will provide an overview of three traditional forms of Christian prayer: the Rosary, Lectio Divina, and Centering Prayer.  Retreatants will discover how these prayers can help foster a peaceful heart in the midst of a frenetic world.

Retreat Director: Sister Eileen Gallagher,O.S.B.

Cost:  $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

Intensive Centering Prayer Weekend

May 1 - 3, 2015


Centering Prayer is a method of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. For those who have already attended an Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat, this weekend will allow you to further deepen your relationship with God.  There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina.  The weekend will be spent in silence.  Limited enrollment.

Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $210

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

Telephone: (256) 734-8302
E-mail: retreats @ shmon.org