Retreat Center

St. Joseph Guest House porch at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

May 27, 2020 – COVID-19 closure update:
The Retreat Center remains closed to both groups and individual guests due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The monastery is also closed to all guests.  We are continually evaluating the situation and eagerly anticipate the time when we can re-open.  As we await this time, let us remember our communion in Christ and keep one another in prayer.  Our initial statement from mid-March can be read at this link.  The statement of the monastic community can be read at this link


In over 40 years of retreat ministry, thousands of men and women of many denominations have found spiritual refreshment and renewal in the tranquil environment of the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center. Our setting on the spacious and beautiful grounds of Sacred Heart Monastery provides a peaceful, prayerful atmosphere in which to “come away awhile” to seek our loving and gracious God.

We offer a variety of services designed to meet the spiritual and educational needs of the People of God, including private retreats, group retreats, luncheon meetings, days of reflection, and more.

Conveniently located near I-65 midway between Birmingham and Huntsville, we routinely host retreat groups and individuals guests not only from Alabama, but also from Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia – and sometimes beyond.

We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about our facilities, services, and retreats.  If you wish more information or would like to schedule a retreat, you may reach us by telephone, e-mail, or the contact forms on these pages.

May the peace of Christ be with you.