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.


A Lenten Journey: Exploring the Writings and Reflections of Pope Francis

February 20 - 22, 2015


What underlies the pastoral life and ministry of Jorge Bergoglio, S.J., now Pope Francis?  Even his early years offer clear indications of his concern and outreach to the lowly and forgotten.  This retreat will include reflections on the Pope's life, his writings, and a particular vision which he lives out in a practical way from day to day.  Who he is, what he says and does has large implications for our spiritual life and the direction of the Universal Church.  How will you be moved during this Lenten season to help transform the face of the world-wide Church?

Retreat Director: Fr. Frank Muscolino,, Priest of the Diocese of Birmingham
Cost: Private Room $210; Shared Room $185/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)




Holy Week at the Monastery

April 2 - 5, 2015



Experience the days of the Sacred Triduum immersed in the beauty of Sacred Heart Monastery.  Join the monastic Community in their silence and in their prayer as they celebrate the special liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday. 


Limited Enrollment.  Silence.

Cost: Private Room $210; Shared Room $185/person

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)



Five-Day Directed Retreat

July 20 - 24, 2015


This 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, O.S.B. and Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B
Cost: Private Room $470

Printable Registration Form (pdf)




8-Day Intensive / Post - Intensive Centering Prayer

May 19 - 26, 2015

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 Katy Smith at (205) 410-1493 or smithdoc20 [at] gmail [dot] com for registration information.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required for the 8-day retreat.  Deadline for registration and deposit: May 12, 2015.



Introduction to Centering Prayer

September 4 - 6, 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 $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)





Centering Prayer Contemplative Retreat - St. Teresa of Avila

October 29 - November 1, 2015


In honor of the 500th Centenary of Saint Teresa of Avila's birth, this Centering Prayer retreat will feature reflections on the life of St. Teresa presented by Sister Thérèse Haydel, O.S.B. 

St. Teresa, the great Carmelite mystic, Doctor of the Church, and author of The Interior Castle, was graced with deep insight into the interior life and the workings of the soul.  Retreat presentations will explore Teresa's teachings on prayer and the spiritual life. 


The formal presentations, which will include some group sharing, will be framed by silence, centering prayer, and opportunities to join the monastic community in their liturgical prayer. 


Pre-requisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer


Retreat Directors: Sr. Therese Haydel, O.S.B., and

Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff


Cost: Private Room $310

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