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January 2022

Introduction to Centering Prayer (Zoom) January 22, 2022

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Zoom

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient contemplative tradition. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through silence and stillness. This time of pandemic has led many to seek to deepen their relationship with God through this wordless prayer of contemplation. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion. This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer. Retreat Director: Sister Mary McGehee, OSB Fee: $40.00

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February 2022

Listening to Luke in the Lectionary (Zoom) Feb. 12, 2022

February 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Zoom

During the year of 2022, most of the Gospel readings for Sunday will be from the Gospel of Luke. Presentation content will include insights into the identity of Luke and the 1st century community to which he addressed his Gospel, the overall structure of the Gospel, and major themes to be listening for as the Liturgical Year progresses. Presenter: Sister Therese Haydel, OSB Fee: $25.00

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Choosing Well: Everyday Discernment (Zoom) Feb. 15, 2022

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom

Everyone recognizes life's major choice points. People often arrive at them with little experience of to guide them. Benedictines have practiced discernment - choosing with wisdom and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit – for centuries. This first-of-three retreat workshops invites you to use the choices we face every day as opportunities to grow in this ancient practice. Retreat director: Sister Edith Bogue, OSB Sister Edith Bogue, OSB, is a Benedictine sister recently transplanted to Sacred Heart Monastery in…

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Introduction to Centering Prayer (In Person) Feb. 23, 2022

February 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient contemplative tradition. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through silence and stillness. This time of pandemic has led many to seek to deepen their relationship with God through this wordless prayer of contemplation. This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer. It will be taught onsite if pandemic precautions permit, or online otherwise. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion. Retreat…

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March 2022

A Season of Listening: Lent (Zoom) Mar. 1 & 29, Apr. 12, 2022

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom

During the Season of Lent, God invites us to draw closer and deepen our relationship. This three-session retreat helps you listen for God's voice in a sustained way throughout Lent. The first 90-minute session presents three prayer practices and several methods for capturing and pondering God's presence and guidance. The second session expands on the prayer practices and offers a chance to learn from each other. The final session moves towards distilling what you have heard and exploring where it…

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The Welcoming Prayer (Zoom) Mar. 16, 2022

March 16 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this time of Pandemic with so much to deal with, the practice of The Welcoming Prayer can be most helpful. The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day — “consent-on-the-go.” There will be opportunities for questions and discussion. Prerequisite:…

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How Do I Choose?: Discernment Practices (Zoom) Mar. 22, 2022

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom

What does discernment look like? What are some practical things I can do to discern new directions, make difficult choices, or cultivate greater wisdom? This retreat workshop offers several tools drawn from the long Benedictine tradition of discernment, and with short opportunities to experience one or more of them. Presenter: Sister Edith Bogue, OSB Sister Edith Bogue, OSB, is a Benedictine sister recently transplanted to Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman from a monastic community in the Midwest. A sociologist and…

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April 2022

Lazarus (Zoom) April 9, 2022

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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In the Eastern Church, the Saturday before Palm Sunday is Lazarus Saturday. Not included in the 40 days of Lent or Holy Week, it is a transitional or "hinge" day, a joyful prelude to the difficult week to follow. Using John 11 and the traditional Russian Icon of the Raising of Lazarus, we shall go to Bethany with Jesus, meet his friends Mary and Martha, hear Him call Lazarus from all that would bind him and begin His own journey…

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May 2022

Seeing God: Contemplative Photography

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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Contemplative photography is a prayer practice to see the created world with new eyes. Using the simplest of cameras, often a phone, we slow down and simply look at what is before us. We aim to see the subtle beauty of things, to notice and appreciate surprising details or signs of the changing seasons. This workshop offers guidance to observe in silence, guided by flashes of interest, inspiration, and wonder. Then we will consider ways to deepen our contemplation. Our…

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Choosing Together: Group Discernment

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom

How can we live and practice discernment when others are involved? Friends, work groups, families, and organizations face choices. The long Benedictine tradition of discernment moves beyond winner/loser methods (taking turns, majority rules) to seek common ground. This retreat offers an introduction to the spirituality of this form of reaching decisions in groups and some practices that foster it. Retreat director: Sister Edith Bogue, OSB Sister Edith Bogue, OSB, is a Benedictine sister recently transplanted to Sacred Heart Monastery in…

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