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.
  • click for printable driving directions (pdf)

Would  you like more information about any of our programs?  We can be reached at (256) 734-8302 or retreats@shmon.org.




A Reflection Day with the Prayer and Music of Taizé

January 3, 2015   ~~   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Join us as we gather for a day of prayer, silence, and reflection with the meditative music of the Taize Community.  Included will be brief presentations on the history and spirituality of Taizé, an ecumenical monastic community in France whose music has touched the hearts of millions around the world.  The day will be led by Sisters and musicians of Sacred Heart Monastery.

Cost: $9 for lunch; donations accepted

For registration, please call (256) 734-8302 or email retreats [at] shmon [dot] org





Introduction to Centering Prayer

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)




Good Call: A Vocation Retreat for Young Women

February 13 - 15, 2015


If you are a single, Catholic woman age 18 - 35 who is curious about the Benedictine way of seeking God, we invite you to "come and see" to learn about our life together, to hear about other vocations in the Church, and to ask questions of the Sisters.  While the focus will be on Benedictine life, participants will be introduced to other forms of religious life and service within the Church.

For more information or to register, contact Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, at (256) 615-6114 or vocations [at] shmon [dot] 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)




8-Day Intensive / Post - Intensive Centering Prayer

May 19 - 27, 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 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. 



For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

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