Retreat Center

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

October 2022 – COVID-19 update:

Presently, we have reopened to small or mid-sized day groups and smaller overnight groups. Some covid precautions remain in place, including private rooms only except in the case of retreatants who ordinarily share a household. We anticipate that in 2023 we will begin to utilize shared rooms for groups who wish a shared room option.

We continue to accept individual private retreats and are also offering online retreats.  Additionally, if you wish spiritual direction, this can be arranged via Zoom or in person.  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.



Our Mission Statement

The Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center welcomes
guests as Christ.
The Center offers retreats, workshops,
and facilities
for groups and individuals seeking to deepen
their relationship with God. The prayerful presence of the
monastic community
and spacious grounds provide a
peaceful environment for all who come.