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

August 7 - 11, 2017

 

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 Mary McGehee, O.S.B.; Sister Treva Heinberg, O.S.B.; and
Sister Priscilla Cohen, O.S.B.
Cost: Private Room $470

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

September 1 - 3, 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)

 


 

 

Celebrating Women

September 29 - October 1, 2017

 

You are invited to "Our Banquet," a beautiful gathering of women of many cultures from across teh South.  Come and share of yourself.  You will have the opportunity to design your own place setting at the table, using image and art to express who you are, celebrating the gift of you. 

 

Retreat Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B. and Team
Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

one grace, many gifts:
commemorating the 500th anniversary of the reformation

Saturday, October 21, 2017

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

 

October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the event that is widely considered to be the beginning of what came to be known as the Protestant Reformation - Martin Luther's posting of his 95 theses.   Five centuries later, we invite Protestants, Catholics, and all people of good will to our Retreat Center to commemorate this anniversary.

 

The program will begin with an overview of the theological and historical context of the Reformation and a description of the various branches that eventually formed.  Following this introduction, representatives of several denominations will describe how their denomination formed and the unique gift that their church offers to the Christian faith as a whole and to the world.  While not celebrating division, we will give thanks to God for the many gifts that have flowed through the various expressions of our Christian faith over these past five centuries. 

 

Cost: $20 adults; $10 youth 18 and under - includes lunch and refreshments

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

 

Intensive Centering Prayer weekend

November 10 - 12, 2017

 

Deepen further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God.  There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio DivinaCentering 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. 

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer (weekend or one-day workshop)

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

advent day of reflection

Wednesday, December 7, 2017

9:00 am - 2:30 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 teh context of the scripture readings for the Sundays of Advent.

Retreat Director: Kathleen Gallas, O.S.B.

Cost: $30, includes lunch and refreshments

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

Epiphany Retreat: The Invitation of epiphany

January 5 - 7, 2018

 

With the season of Christmas behind us and the new year inviting us forwrad, Epiphany is a perfect time to pause and reflect on Christ in our midst.  The Feast of the Epiphany is also the beginning of the annual National Migration Week sponsored by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops.  During this retreat we will consider the invitation of Epiphany through reflections on the Biblical tradition of welcoming the stranger, the Benedictine tradition of hospitality, the migrant experience of the Holy Family who sought refuge in Egypt, the example of Jesus, and our own experiences of being in need of refuge and safety.

Retreat Director: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, O.S.B.

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

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

January 19 - 21, 2018

 

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)


 

A Lenten journey with gerard manley hopkins

February 9 - 11, 2018

 

 

The life of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Jesuit priest and poet, was one of rejection, loneliness, and ill health.  In spite of this, his strong faith in the Paschal Mystery and his awareness of the immanence of God in nature sustained him and evoked the most powerful poetry of his time.  As we prepare to journey through Lent, his expression of sufffering and resurrection will encourage us to deepen our sense of the Paschal Mystery.

Retreat Director: Sister Marian Davis, O.S.B., Ph.D.
Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

Intensive Centering Prayer weekend:

the welcoming prayer

February 22 - 25, 2018

 

Deepen further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God.  In the framework of Centering Prayer and silence there will be presentations on The Welcoming Prayer durin gthis retreat, which begins on a Thursday instead of Friday.  The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God's presence and action in our lives and in our reactions to events and situations of daily. 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. 

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer (weekend or one-day workshop)

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $325

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

holy week at the monastery

 

March 30, 2018 - Good Friday Day of Reflection

Take a day apart for silence and prayer on this holy day.  Join the Sisters in their silent lunch, outdoor Stations of the Cross, and in their Good Friday liturgy. Spend the rest of your day in silent prayer on the beautiful grounds of Sacred Heart Monastery and in the comfortable sitting areas of the Retreat Center.

$15, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

March 29 - 30, 2018 - Holy Thursday through Good Friday

Join the Sisters for the special liturgies of Holy Thursday and Good Friday while taking time apart for silent communion with God on these holy days.  Begins with supper on Holy Thursday and concludes with the afternoon liturgy of Good Friday.

$100, includes private room and meals

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

March 29 - April 1, 2018 - Holy Thursday through Easter

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 prayer 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)

 


 

 

Genesis: beginnings to begin again

April 27 - 29, 2018

 

During this study/retreat, we will reflect on ways in which he Book of Genesis portrays the Creator creating life in the midst of barrenness and famine, homelessness and hopelessness. We will consider how the book tells stories of origins to help the people of Judah/Israel begin again in the face of the impossible. We will wonder about this God who creates and recreates when the end seems certain. We will seek for signs of promised overflowing, abundant life in our own individual and communal lives.
 
Retreat Director: Kathleen O’Connor, Ph.D.
Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person
 
Dr. O’Connor is the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Emerita, at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She holds a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.A. from Providence College. Dr. O’Connor has presented lectures, workshops, and retreats in parish, retreat, and academic settings in the U.S., Central America, Thailand, Japan, and Ireland. A widely-published author in the field of Old Testament studies, her work Lamentations and the Tears of the World was awarded first prize in the Scripture category by the Catholic Press Association. Dr. O’Connor has served as President of the Catholic Biblical Association and is active in numerous academic organizations in the field of Biblical Studies.
 

Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person
Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

 

8-Day Intensive / Post - Intensive Centering Prayer

May 22 - 29, 2018; May 21 - 28, 2019

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 arrival day, with departure after breakfast on the final day.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

For cost and registration information:  Fee includes lodging, meals, linens, and program materials. Please contact Katy Smith at (205) 410-1493 or smithdoc20 [at] gmail [dot] com for cost and registration information.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required for the 8-day retreat.  Deadline for registration and deposit: May 1, 2018.

 


For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

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