Retreat Center

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

May 15, 2021 – COVID-19 update from Sister Elisabeth:

We remain in on-going discernment about reopening for overnight group retreats in light of available data and the circumstances of our monastic community.  At present, we are reopening for small day groups only.  Please see the group retreat page for more details.

We have begun slowly reopening on a partial basis for individual private retreats and are also offering online retreats.  Additionally, if you wish spiritual direction, this can be arranged via Zoom.  Email us at or give us a call at (256) 734-8302 for more information.


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, including online programs.

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 also welcome guests on Zoom through our online offerings.

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.