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A Quiet Retreat with Charles de Foucauld – Online

October 21, 2022 - October 23, 2022

St. Charles (canonized by Pope Francis in May 2022) “put out into deep waters” for the love of Jesus. From well-born, wealthy and sybaritic, to army officer, to Cistercian monk, to convent handyman, to desert hermit, St. Charles changed and challenges us to do so that our lives and locations become dwelling places of Jesus.  Popular retreat leader Dr. Bonnie Thurston will offer a program in which we learn the spirituality of this extraordinary saint through both presentations and quiet times of reflection.

Our retreat leader:  Having resigned a Professorship and Chair in New Testament, Bonnie Thurston lives quietly in her home state of West Virginia.  A well-known Thomas Merton Scholar, she has written or edited 23 theological and/or spiritual books, most recently St. Mary of Egypt (Liturgical Press, 2022), and seven collections of poetry, most recently Not Sonnets (Cinnamon Press, 2022).  She is an avid reader, walker, gardener, cook, and classical music lover.

Formats:  This retreat will be offered on Zoom. For those who wish to come away for a time of retreat and view the presentations in a retreat setting, private retreat accommodations will be available.

Cost: $100 for Zoom retreat. (Onsite private retreat accommodations available for the weekend for an additional at $175.)


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  • 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 time of pandemic has led many to seek to deepen their relationship with God through this wordless prayer of contemplation. This weekend retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer. The participants will keep silence for the weekend, but there will be opportunities for questions and discussion about the practice. To register, please select ONE of the following options.
  • Explore the life and gifts of Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine visionary, artist, composer, and physician who lived in the 1100s. This retreat will include reflection on many of her visions, using her remarkable paintings and writings. We will also ponder some of her suggestions for living a deeper spiritual life, as well as enjoy music she composed for liturgical prayer. There will be time for personal reflection and some group sharing.
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October 21, 2022
October 23, 2022


Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center
916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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