Note: Scroll down for pictures and news of the new Retreat Center meeting rooms and dining room!
In the tradition of Benedictine hospitality, we welcome you to the web pages of the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center.
Our Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Alabama. We offer a variety of services designed to meet the spiritual and educational needs of the People of God, including private retreats, group retreats, luncheon meetings, days of reflection, and more.
In over 35 years of retreat ministry, thousands of men and women of many denominations have found spiritual refreshment and renewal in the gentle, tranquil environment of the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center. Our setting on the spacious and beautiful grounds of Sacred Heart Monastery provides a peaceful, prayerful atmosphere in which to “come away awhile” to seek our loving and gracious God.
Construction Update - January 2014
Work is progressing well on the two new structures that will serve as overnight accommodations for groups! Every day we see changes - some subtle such as the installation of underground utilities, and some dramatic such as the placement of trusses.
As the construction proceeds, Sister Therese (Retreat Center Director) and Sister Elisabeth (Associate Director) meet regularly with a core group of monastic Administrators and with the architect and construction personnel in order to stay apprised of the progress of construction and to help make the various decisions that must be made along the way. In these photos, Sisters evaluate exterior color choices.
Until the new buildings are complete in late Spring 2014, Mary Hall remains open for overnight guests. No changes are planned with Benet Hall and it remains open for overnight groups.
For more detailed progress reports and images, please visit our Community News page. For details on the overall project and how you can assist, here is the link to the Capital Campaign section of our website.
Comments from recent guests
Very friendly and generous hosts!
Everyone was great. The hosts were friendly and fun!
Very hospitable in the nature of Christ, especially allowing us to share chapel [with Sisters for liturgical prayer].
Retreat Center is a great ministry to the Christian community.
I look forward all year to our annual retreat here with the Benedictine Sisters.
[Staff were] extremely courteous. [Facilities] clean and welcoming.
[Staff were] courteous, helpful, and welcoming.
Your hospitality is always so warm and welcoming. I feel like I am coming home.
I really appreciate all that you have provided and given us. Everything was wonderful, comfortable, and really enjoyable. Thank you!
Really good food.
Very gracious and hospitable, very clean and comfortable.
Always clean and welcoming. Always a pleasure to be here!
The entire experience was wonderful!
Meals were generous and delicious.
As always, [the staff were] gracious and loving.
Everyone involved with the weekend and with the [center] was wonderful.
The meals were very good and filling.
Very cheerful staff. Very well kept and inviting facility. We had a blessed weekend.
[The staff were] always smiling.
This is a great facility to hold retreats on beautiful grounds!!
The Property is amazing and the facilities were very clean. I know you will enjoy your new facility. Blessed be God forever!
Very clean and comfortable!
Everything was absolutely beautiful. A perfect setting for the weekend.
[Re: the staff] Everyone was really nice.
Love this place. Will be back.
[Staff were] very courteous and helpful.
Had a great experience. Thanks for all your hard work!
Your staff did everything possible to make me feel welcome and comfortable. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.
The grounds are beautiful and the peace was all round us. I truly enjoyed Vespers and a peek at the Sisters' life here.
[Re: meals] Excellent variety and tasty.
Thanks for creatively meeting everyone's [dietary] needs.
Clean, comfortable...everyone was so welcoming and helpful.
[Staff were] wonderful - cheerful and helpful, always smiling.
The staff anticipates any need we might have. I'm grateful beyond words for all you continue to do to create this safe, holy, healing place for all of us who come.
We had a wonderful, relaxing weekend at this beautiful facility.
It was a great weekend!
Wonderful, kind, and courteous staff. Excellent, clean facilities.
Very nice grounds and landscapes and grotto and water pond; love the outside architecture.
We loved walking the grounds. Beautiful!!!
Everything was neat and clean. Beds were very comfortable! Construction that was going on did not detract from the weekend.
The peace and hospitality encountered here was delightfully Christ to me.
Very nice and peaceful atmosphere. Excellent place for a weekend retreat.
The simplicity was so pleasing.
[The staff was] so hospitable, down to furnishing umbrellas and marking worship books.
Loved the staff and Sisters. So friendly and nice.
I really loved it here. Love the character! Comfy beds. Everything was very clean.
It was a wonderful, fulfilling weekend.
Exceptional staff. Friendly and courteous.
Had a wonderful retreat. Already looking forward to coming back.
Extremely courteous staff made me feel welcome.
Friendly, nice facilities, good food.
Thank you for your ministry and hospitality.
Always enjoy coming here!
I love the silence, nature, fellowship.
We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about our facilities, services, and retreats. If you wish more information or would like to schedule a retreat, you may reach us by telephone or e-mail.
May the peace of Christ be with you.
Photos from the new Retreat Center meeting areas:
An attractive nook in which to visit or read.
The new dining room features many windows and abundant natural light.
Retreat Center Director Therese Haydel, OSB, prepares coffee for guests.
The new dining room has expanded coffee and tea brewing capabilities.
A light-filled corridor leads from the meeting areas to the dining room. An expansive porch allows for exterior access.
The small Retreat Center chapel may be used for private prayer. Groups may reserve it for prayer services or liturgies.
The medium-sized meeting room will accommodate just over 50 people.
The large meeting room will accommodate up to 100.
The Sun Porch