Click here for a pdf document containing the new extrerior layout of the Retreat Center along with a description of available facilities.
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 - December 2014
This is the last construction update! We are extrememly grateful to report that as of November 16, 2014, the project is officially complete. The work crews have left and we are now fully 'living into' the beautiful new buildings and re-configured grounds.
We love showing off the new buildings and gladly give tours! If you are interested in seeing the new facilities, please call us at (256) 734-8302 and ask to speak with Sr. Elisabeth regarding a tour.
It is great to be at the tail end of the overall $9.4 million, three-phase project that involved both Monastery and Retreat Center areas. With construction now complete, we are raising the final $1 million to cover the final bills and close-out costs. Will you join the over 2000 others who have assisted in this project? Here is a link to a printable contribution form.
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.
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