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January 2020

Introduction to Centering Prayer

January 24 - January 26
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 Click for registration forms (on-line or mail-in)

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March 2020

Letting Go and Letting God: The Wisdom of Twelve-Step Spirituality

March 7 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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Letting go of self-will and the powerful drive to control all the various circumstances of life (including people, relationships, and situations) begins with recognizing the reality of our own limitations and the inherent "imperfections" that are part of the human condition.  Letting God's will and loving care uphold and direct our lives requires an ever-deepening process of surrender that is described in all genuine spiritual traditions yet uniquely articulated through the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.  This reflection day will…

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April 2020

Holy Week at the Monastery

April 9 - April 12
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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April 10, 2020 - 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 9 - 12, 2020 - Holy Thursday through Easter Experience…

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May 2020

Weekend Intensive Centering Prayer

May 1 - May 3
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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Merton and Women

May 8 - May 10
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 Click for registration forms (on-line and mail-in)

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8-Day Intensive / Post-Intensive Centering Prayer

May 26 - June 2
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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July 2020

Hope and Healing for the Spousal Loss Survivor

July 10 - July 12
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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Five-Day Directed Retreat

July 20 - July 24
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Rd., NE
Cullman, AL 35055 United States
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This retreat offers an opportunity for on-going faith development under the personal guidance of an experienced director.  Enjoy silence, scheduled consultations with a spiritual director, and time for personal reflection and prayer.  Participants have the option of joining the Benedictine Community for Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours.  Note: Other than the sessions with a director, this is a silent retreat.  Ability to maintain silence is required.     Retreat Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B.; Sister Treva Heinberg, O.S.B.; Sister…

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