Upcoming Programs

 

General Information

  • Room, meals, and linens are included in program cost.
  • Unless noted otherwise, weekend programs begin Friday at 7:30 pm and end Sunday after the noon meal.
  • Programs may be cancelled for insufficient registration.
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Would  you like more information about any of our programs?  We can be reached at (256) 734-8302 or retreats@shmon.org.

 

 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

August 30 - September 1, 2019

 

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition.  Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. 

This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer.  Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

Flannery O'Conner and Walker Percy:

The Search for Mystery and Meaning in Modern Life

September 10, 2019

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

 

Following last year’s successful retreat on Flannery O’Connor and redemptive suffering, this session revisits O’Connor’s work while also introducing the life and legacy of one of her fellow Catholic contemporaries, the essayist and novelist Walker Percy. Both O’Connor and Percy had a deep sense that their work was connected to pilgrimage, the search for meaning and clarity that also reveals the presence of grace and mystery in the world. Each writer had a different approach to conducting what Percy called “the Search,” and each believed that the search was valuable in and of itself, regardless of the discoveries the search yielded. That each writer was also able to deal with theology in often comic terms is a testament to their genius as literary artists; they entertain us, even as they instruct us. All of us, at some point, are called to embark upon a quest for spiritual insight and reflection. O’Connor and Percy, both in their work and in their personal lives, are unique guides to shaping our own vocation and pilgrimage. Attendance at the previous retreat on O’Connor is not required.

Retreat Director: Dr. David King
Cost: $30, includes lunch


This one-day retreat will be conducted by previous presenter Dr. David King, Professor of English and Film Studies at Kennesaw State University and Director of RCIA at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta. Dr. King is the award-winning arts and culture columnist for the Georgia Bulletin, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and has published and presented widely on Catholic and Southern writers and artists.

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

 

CELEBRATING WOMEN: WOMENS' WAYS OF HEALING

September 27-29, 2019

 

During this weekend for women, we will explore ways to calm the mind, relax the body, and enliven the spirit.  If you are longing to be restored and rejuvenated, looking for peace and calm, join us for this weekend. 

 

Retreat Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B., and Celebrating Women Team

Cost: Private Room $255; Shared room $225/each.

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

 

OKTOBERBLEST: A Lunch & Learn during Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 3, 2019

11:45 am - 1:00 pm


During our city’s 2019 Oktoberfest celebration, we will offer our very first Oktoberblest event, a new ‘lunch and learn’ series featuring German saints and German cuisine. This year we will learn about St. Gertrude the Great, a 13th century German saint who was also a Benedictine nun. Join us for some great German fare and be Oktoberblest during Oktoberfest by learning about the holy life of St. Gertrude. 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Presenter: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, O.S.B.
Cost: $12.50, pre-registation required


Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

Weekend intensive centering prayer

November 15 - 17, 2019


Rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, the goal of this form of Christian prayer is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. On this weekend, those who have had an introductory workshop can develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer in order to deepen their relationship with God. There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina. The weekend will be spent in silence. Prerequisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer.

 

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham staff

Cost: Private Room $255

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

AN ADVENT JOURNEY WITH EARLY MONASTIC WOMEN

Saturday, December 7, 2019

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

During Advent, as we await the coming of the Christ child, we are especially aware of our longing for God. In the early centuries of Christianity, this longing led some women to seek God through monastic life in a variety of creative forms, from venturing into the desert to forming household monasteries. On this Advent Day of Reflection, we will take an introductory look at the lives of several of these early monastic women and the wisdom they can share with us across the centuries, particularly in the context of our Advent journey today.

Retreat Director: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, O.S.B.
Cost: $30, includes lunch

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

January 24 - 26, 2020

 

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition.  Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. 

This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer.  Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $255

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

letting go and letting god:

the wisdom of twelve-step spirituality

 

March 7, 2020

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

Letting go of self-will and the powerful drive to control all the various circumstances of life (including people, relationships, and situations) begins with recognizing the reality of our own limitations and the inherent "imperfections" that are part of the human condition.  Letting God's will and loving care uphold and direct our lives requires an ever-deepening process of surrender that is described in all genuine spiritual traditions yet uniquely articulated through the Twelve Steps of Alcholics Anonymous.  This reflection day will focus on the core principles of Twelve-Step Spritiuatlity and the gift of spiritual freedom that is experienced when these principles are put into practice.

 

Retreat Director: Sister Therese Haydel, O.S.B.


Cost: $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

holy week at the monastery

 

April 10, 2020- Good Friday Day of Reflection

Take a day apart for silence and prayer on this holy day.  Join the Sisters in their silent lunch, outdoor Stations of the Cross, and in their Good Friday liturgy. Spend the rest of your day in silent prayer on the beautiful grounds of Sacred Heart Monastery and in the comfortable sitting areas of the Retreat Center.

$15, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

April 9 - 10, 2020 - Holy Thursday through Good Friday

Join the Sisters for the special liturgies of Holy Thursday and Good Friday while taking time apart for silent communion with God on these holy days.  Begins with supper on Holy Thursday and concludes with the afternoon liturgy of Good Friday.

$150, includes private room and meals

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

April 9 - 12, 2020 - Holy Thursday through Easter

Experience the three days of the Sacred Triduum immersed in the beauty of Sacred Heart Monastery, joining the Sisters in their silence and in their prayer as they celebrate the special liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday.  Limited enrollment; Silence. 

 

Cost: Private Room $255; Shared Room $225/person

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 


 

 

Weekend intensive centering prayer

May 1 - 3, 2020


Rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, the goal of this form of Christian prayer is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. On this weekend, those who have had an introductory workshop can develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer in order to deepen their relationship with God. There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina. The weekend will be spent in silence. Prerequisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer.

 

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $255

 

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

Merton and Women

May 8 - 10, 2020

 

 

A Mother’s Day weekend exploration of women and the feminine in the life and teaching of Thomas Merton with a special focus on his correspondence with women and his conferences with women religious and monastics.

 

Retreat Director: Bonnie Thurston, Ph.D.

Cost: Private Room $255; Shared Room $225/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

8-DAY INTENSIVE / POST-INTENSIVE CENTERING PRAYER

May 26 - June 2, 2020

 

Rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition, the goal of this form of Christian prayer is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer.


Intensive: An in-depth retreat for those experience in Centering Prayer.  The retreat will facilitate entrance into a more profound level of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community.  DVD's of Fr. Thomas Keating's Spiritual Journey course will be viewed.

 

Post-Intensive: An opportunity to spend extended time in deep silence in community to encourage a more intimate union with God. An Intensive Centering Prayer experience is a prerequisite of the Post-Intensive.

 

 

Retreat Directors:  Contemplative Outreach staff

For cost and registration details, contact  Katy Smith,205-410-1493 by May 1, 2020

 


 

Hope and healing for the spousal loss survivor

July 10 - 12, 2020

 

This weekend retreat for spousal loss survivors will introduce a full range of ancient and contemporary forms of healing which link the resources of the Christian faith with the best of the behavioral sciences and expressive arts in addressing body-mind-spirit healing: the power of ‘restorative retelling’ – sharing our loss experiences within small groups to facilitate emotional release, insight, and the formation of enduring bonds with fellow survivors; access to information on loss and survivorship; exposure to methods which facilitate healthy coping and mourning; and access to a variety of rejuvenating spiritual practices. This retreat is geared toward female and male spousal loss survivors ages thirty-five to sixty-five – persons of working age or recently retired. (Survivors contending with post-traumatic stress, clinical depression, and other psychiatric conditions are asked to contact the facilitator to determine whether retreat participation would be helpful. The Retreat Center can provide contact information.)

Retreat Director: Rev. Stephen Sweatt, M.Div., M.Ed., LPC
Cost: Private room $255


Rev. Sweatt is Clinical Director of Community Grief Support in Birmingham, AL. An ordained Baptist minister, he has extensive training and experience in bereavement counseling, chaplaincy, pastoral care, and crisis counseling. Jan Owen of Community Grief Support in Birmingham will co-lead the retreat.


Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

 

Five-Day Directed Retreat

July 20-24, 2020

 

This retreat offers an opportunity for on-going faith development under the personal guidance of an experienced director.  Enjoy silence, scheduled consultations with a spiritual director, and time for personal reflection and prayer.  Participants have the option of joining the Benedictine Community for Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours.

 

Retreat Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B.; Sister Treva Heinberg, O.S.B.;Sister Priscilla Cohen, O.S.B.
Cost: $495


Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

Telephone: (256) 734-8302
E-mail: retreats @ shmon.org