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

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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 […]

Choosing Well: Everyday Discernment (Zoom) March 8, 2022

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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 […]

The Welcoming Prayer (Zoom) Mar. 16, 2022

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Lazarus (Zoom) April 9, 2022

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

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 […]

Seeing God: Contemplative Photography

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

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 […]

Choosing Together: Group Discernment

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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 […]

8-Day Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

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

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. This Post-Intensive retreat provides an opportunity to spend extended time in deep silence in community to encourage a more intimate union with God. A […]

Introduction to Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat

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

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 […]

A Quiet Retreat with Charles de Foucauld – Online

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

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.  […]