Opportunities for Groups

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.

Meeting Rooms

Three meeting rooms with capacities ranging from 10 -100 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.

Dining

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.

Overnight Accommodations

Plans are underway for two new buildings to accommodate overnight retreat guests.  Each building will contain 12 bed rooms, each with two single beds and a private bath.  Both buildings will also contain a living room, kitchenette, and a spacious porch featuring a pastoral view.  Together, these two buildings will accommodate 48 individuals.  The anticipated completion date for these two new buildings is late 2013 or early 2014. Reservations are already being taken for 2014 and 2015. 

As the new buildings are build, groups will continue to use Mary Hall and Benet Hall, former college dormitories that provide simple, comfortable residential accommodations for retreatants. Up to 65 individuals may be accommodated overnight in shared rooms, and up to 28 in private rooms.

Benet Hall, popular with small groups,  will continue to be used by retreat groups after the new buildings are complete. It accommodates 21 individuals with shared hallway baths, a living room, kitchenette, and a view of our small lake from it's quiet front porch.

Other

Retreat groups are welcome to join the Sisters for the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist.  Tours of the monastery chapel and other public areas of the monastery can be arranged if desired.

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
E-mail: retreats@shmon.org