Many church and diocesan groups bring their own programs to the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center. We can accommodate day meetings and overnight retreats for both small and large groups, whether for a few hours or a few days.
Three meeting rooms with capacities ranging from ten to one hundred offer flexibility for large groups, or allow three smaller groups to meet simultaneously. The two larger rooms each include a serving counter with sink for refreshment and beverage service. Two sitting areas offer inviting space for casual conversation or quiet reading.
St. Scholasticaa Room - capacity of up to 60 with auditorium-style seating, or up to 36 at tables.
St. Benedict Room - capacity of up to just over 100 with auditorium-style seating, or up to 60 at tables.
St. Benedict Room can be subdivided into two sections.
St. Gertrude Room - meeting space for 4-8 people.
Home-cooked meals are prepared with care and served cafeteria-style in a spacious, light-filled dining room. A separate alcove provides space for private retreatants to dine in silence.
Three different guest houses are available for use by retreat groups.
Mary Guest House and St. Joseph Guest House, our newly-constructed guest houses, each contain twelve semi-private rooms with private bath. Each guest house can accommodate up to 24 individuals in shared rooms, or up to 12 in private rooms. Together, the two houses can accommodate up to 48 in shared rooms, or up to 24 in private rooms. (Scroll to bottom of page for images of the new guest houses.)
In addition to 12 bedrooms with private bath, each of these two houses features:
Benet Hall, popular with small groups, accommodates up to 18 individuals with shared hallway baths, a living room, kitchenette, and a view of our small lake from it's quiet front porch. Eleven bedrooms contain a total of 18 beds. The four restrooms, each containing a toilet, sink, and shower, are located down the hall from the bedrooms.
Guests may also enjoy the beautiful grounds of the monastery, including the Stations of the Cross located along the wooded cemetery road, the small Lourdes grotto tucked within a stand of trees, and the sunken garden. A small chapel open to all guests is located near the meeting rooms. It may be reserved by retreat groups for liturgies and prayer services.
Please call or e-mail us for more information on scheduling a group retreat or meeting at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center.
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center
Telephone: (256) 734-8302
Photographs from Mary Guest House and St. Joseph Guest House:
The view of the monastery and Retreat Center meeting and dining areas from the back of Mary Guest House.
The front porch of St. Joseph Guest House.
Each bedroom in the new guest houses is double-occupancy with two twin beds...
...an open closet area with luggage rack...
...and a private bath.
A Benedictine Cross etched and painted in the concrete marks the junction between the two houses.
Each bedroom has a comfortable chair for reading and a desk.
The living room of St. Joseph Guest House.
Located in the shadow of Ottilia Hall (the main monastery building) and the chapel
View from the front porch of Benet Hall in springtime
Small groups often use the living room of Benet as their primary meeting space. There is seating for eleven. Additional folding chairs are available if needed.
Benet Hall contains 18 beds in 11 bedrooms. The 4 hallway baths are shared.