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September 2020

Celebrating Women – Respite from the Storm (on-line retreat)

September 25 - September 26

Our annual Celebrating Women retreat will be held on-line, allowing participants to gather with others from the comfort and safety of their own homes.  Entitled Respite from the Storm: Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit, the retreat will include shared meditations, an art project (mandala-making), reflections, and a time of Deep Relaxation Yoga.  We will gather on Friday evening (6:30 - 8:00 pm, CST) via Zoom video conference for introductions and sharing.  On Saturday we will meet again on Zoom from…

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October 2020

The Psalms: Prayers for These Times

October 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

During this morning on-line retreat, we will consider the Psalms and the many ways these ancient texts offer us words and images with which to pray in these uncertain times.  There will be time for personal reflection and prayer, along with opportunities for questions and discussion. The retreat will take place by way of  Zoom videoconferencing.  A reliable internet connection with the capability for audio and video is required. Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon (CST)…

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November 2020

Intensive Centering Prayer (on-line retreat)

November 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, the goal of this form of Christian prayer is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer.  During this retreat, those who have had an introductory workshop can develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer in order to deepen their relationship with God. This one-day format will provide via Zoom video-conference the instruction that usually occurs over the course of a weekend.  A reliable internet connection…

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December 2020

An Advent Morning Reflection (on-line retreat)

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuesday, December 8 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon (CST) Description pending... Cost: $30 Registration will open in October 2020.

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January 2021

Introduction to Centering Prayer

January 22, 2021 - January 24, 2021
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 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 $255 Registration for this retreat will open in November 2020.    

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Hope and Healing for the Spousal Loss Survivor

January 29, 2021 - January 31, 2021
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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This weekend retreat for spousal loss survivors will introduce a full range of ancient and contemporary forms of healing which link the resources of the Christian faith with the best of the behavioral sciences and expressive arts in addressing body-mind-spirit healing: the power of ‘restorative retelling’ – sharing our loss experiences within small groups to facilitate emotional release, insight, and the formation of enduring bonds with fellow survivors; access to information on loss and survivorship; exposure to methods which facilitate…

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February 2021

Weekend Intensive Centering Prayer

February 25, 2021 - February 28, 2021
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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Rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, the goal of this form of Christian prayer is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. On this weekend, those who have had an introductory workshop can develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer in order to deepen their relationship with God. There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina. The weekend will be spent in silence. Prerequisite: Introduction to Centering…

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April 2021

Holy Week at the Monastery

April 1, 2021 - April 4, 2021
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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April 2, 2021 - 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. $12, includes lunch   April 1-4, 2021 - Holy Thursday through Easter Experience the three…

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May 2021

Merton and Women

May 21, 2021 - May 23, 2021
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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A Mother’s Day weekend exploration of women and the feminine in the life and teaching of Thomas Merton with a special focus on his correspondence with women and his conferences with women religious and monastics. Retreat Director: Bonnie Thurston, Ph.D. Cost: Private Room $255; Shared Room $225/person We will begin taking reservations for this retreat in January 2021.  

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8-Day Intensive / Post-Intensive Centering Prayer

May 25, 2021 - June 1, 2021
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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Rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, the goal of this form of Christian prayer is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. 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.  DVD's of Fr. Thomas Keating's Spiritual Journey course will be viewed. Post-Intensive: An opportunity to spend extended time…

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