Retreat Center

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

August 11, 2020 – COVID-19 closure update from Sister Elisabeth:
We are looking forward to the time we can reopen!  We really miss welcoming guests and having you here with us.  Although we haven’t set a date for reopening yet, we are in regular conversation about it in light of available data.  When we do re-open, it will be slowly and with great care.

In the meantime, please check out our on-line offerings for this fall.  Also, 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.

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.