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.

 

 

 

Five-Day Directed Retreat

June 27 - July 1, 2016

 

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)

 


 

 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

September 2 - 4, 2016

 

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)

 


 

 

Woman Spirit Rising

September 23 - 25, 2016

 

Come join us as we look at the patterns of our lives, pieces and patches, stiches and secrets. Using quilting as an image, we will ponder how our lives are brought into a wholeness as we honor all the colors and the textures, the light and the dark. Woman Spirit Rising offers a safe place to tell our own stories, enjoying ithe offerings of one another and celebrating together.

 

Retreat Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, OSB, and WSR Team

Cost: Private room $245; Shared room $205/person

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

Special Performance...

 

 

Catherine of Siena: A Woman for our Time

Friday, October 21, 2016; 7:00 pm

 

In this one-woman performance, Sister Nancy Murray, O.P. brings to life the extraordinary 14th century Dominican saint and Doctor of the Church, Catherine of Siena.  With simple props and a fertile imagination, Sister Nancy portrays Catherine as the colorful, strong, passionate and enthusiastic personality that she was. We hope you can join us for this remarkable portrayal of an extraordinary woman in a performance tha thas inspired people of all ages around the world.

 

Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel

Tickets: $25, purchase through Retreat Center

(256) 734-8302 or retreats [at] shmon.org

 


 

 

 

A Retreat With Catherine of Siena

October 21 - 23, 2016

 

On Friday night, attend the performance by Sister Nancy Murray, O.P. (information above). For the rest of the weekend, guided by two Dominican Sisters, we will explore the life of St. Catherine of Siena and the work God did in and through her. There will be time for personal prayer, pondering and journaling, as well as strolling the lovely monastery grounds.

Retreat Directors: Sister. Nancy Murray, O.P. and Sister Nancy Prininski, O.P.

Cost: Private Room $260; Shared Room $225/person; includes Friday night performance

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

 

William Butler Yeats: An introduction and Appreciation

Saturday, October 29, 2016 ~ 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

 

Although the search for transcendental wisdom is a significant aspect of Yeats's poetry, his interest in "the normal, passionate, reasoning self," and his immersion in Irish culture and history produced poems that are insightful and earthy.  They demonstrate his brilliance as a realist-symbolist-metaphysical poet.  In this introduction and appreciation we will include aspects of his spiritual journey.

Retreat Director: Sister Marian Davis, O.S.B., Ph.D.
Cost: $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

intensive Centering Prayer

November 11 - 13, 2016

 

Develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God.  Ther will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina. The Nov. 11-13 weekend will include instruction on the Welcoming Prayer. The weekend will be spent in silence.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

 

The Art of Mercy

November 18 - 20, 2016

 

On this closing weekend of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we will reflect upon God's mercy through works of art that have mercy as their theme.  We will also consider the art of being merciful, of bearing witness to God's mercy throught its expression in our lives.

Retreat Director: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, OSB
Cost: Private room $245; Shared room $205/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

advent day of reflection

Wednesday, December 7, 2016; 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

 

The season of Advent speaks to the heart's longing to birth new life.  This day will offer the opportunity to ponder your heart's longing for God in the context of the scripture readings for the Sundays of Advent.

Retreat Director: Sister Kathleen Gallas, OSB
Cost: $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)



 

 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

January 13 - 15, 2017

 

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)

 


 

 

Creating holy pauses

January 27 - 29, 2017

 

Across the centuries, people have paused at different hours of the day to pray.  This retreat brings a creative component to such holy pauses as participants are guided in a variety of prayerful art experiences.  There will also be opportunities for personal reflection, scheduled spiritual direction, and participation in the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist with the monastic community.  Materials will be supplied, although participants are encouraged to bring a journal.  Shelley Szoka is a spiritual director who has studied education, fine adn graphic arts, and mandala interpretation.  She incorporates expressive arts into spiritual direction.

Retreat Director: Shelley Szoka
Cost (includes art supplies): Private room $270; Shared room $230/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

intensive Centering Prayer

February 3 - 5, 2017

 

Develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God.  Ther will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina. The weekend will be spent in silence.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

Embracing the Lenten Journey

Tuesday, March 7, 2017; 9:00 - 2:30

 

Lent is a special time for spiritual renewal and nourishment.  We are beckoned during thsi holy season "to listen with the ear of our hearts." Selected Lenten scriptural passages will provide the framework for our pilgrimage toward Easter. The day will include prayer, presentations, private reflectins, and Eucharist with the monastic community.

 

Retreat Director: Sister Marie Leonard, OSB

Cost: $30, includes lunch

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

Desert Spirituality: dry season in the christian journey

March 24 - 26, 2017

 

In Christian spirituality, the desert is understood both as a place of encounter with God and of the sense of God's absence. In this retreat, experienced retreat diretor Bonnie Thruston will guide us in considering the metaphor of the desert in the Christian journey by focusing on Biblical images of the desert, the desert spirituality of the Gospel of Mark, and the question: Where is God in the 'dry places'? Tmes of silence will be incorporated into the weekend.  Bonnie Thurston, a New Testament scholar and poet, lives quietly in West Virginia. Her most recent book is Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld. Bonnie has led retreats and lectured on a wide variety of topics in the U.S. and abroad.

 

Retreat Director: Bonnie Thurston

Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

The Cross and Transformation

April 7 - 9, 2017 (Palm Sunday weekend)

 

As the liturgical year unfolds and we move from Lent into the Sacred Triduum and then celebrate Easter, we will take time to reflect on the Paschal Mystery's deepest meaning: "In Christ we live and move and have our being." On this weekend when we liturgically mark Jesus' journey into Jerusalem, we will reflect on and pray with our own sufferings, losses, hurts, sins and grief, and search together for the Promise of New Life, Resurrection, and Transformation in Christ in our daily lives. Participants will need to bring a Bible, journal, and a cross or crucifix. 

 

Retreat Director: Sister Janet Franklin, C.S.J.

Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

The Sacred Triduum

April 13-16, 2017

 

Experience the three days of the Sacred Triduum immersed in the beauty of Sacred Heart Monastery, joining the Sisters in their silence and in their prpayer as they celebrate the special liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday.  Limited enrollment; Silence. 

Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

 

8-Day Intensive / Post - Intensive Centering Prayer

May 23 - 30, 2017

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.  DVD's 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 May 19, with departure after breakfast on the final day.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

For cost and registration information:  Cost: $750 (includes lodging, meals, linens, and program materials). 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 1, 2016.


 

 

 


For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

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