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.




holy week at the monastery


April 19, 2019 - 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 18-19, 2019 - 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.

$100, includes private room and meals

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


April 18-21, 2019 - 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 $245; Shared Room $205/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)



8-Day Intensive / Post - Intensive Centering Prayer

May 21 - 28, 2019

Intensive: An in-depth retreat for those experienced in Centering Prayer.  The retreat will facilitate entrance into a more profound level of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community, designed to assist participants in entering a more intimate relationship with God.  DVD's of Fr. Thomas Keating's Spiritual Journey course will be viewed.

Post-Intensive: A next step into a profound silence and stillness to facilitate a more intimate union with

God.  An Intensive Centering Prayer experience is a prerequisite of the Post-Intensive.

Arrival is between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on arrival day, with departure after breakfast on the final day.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

For cost and registration information:  Fee includes lodging, meals, linens, and program materials. Please contact Katy Smith at (205) 410-1493 or smithdoc20 [at] gmail [dot] com for cost and registration information.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required for the 8-day retreat.  Deadline for registration and deposit: May 1, 2018.


Printable Registration Form (pdf)


letting go and letting god:

the wisdom of twelve-step spirituality


Saturday, June 22, 2019

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)



common wisdom:

parallels in benedictine and twelve-step spiritualities


Saturday, July 13, 2019

9:30 am - 4:00 pm


“We cannot save ourselves” is a universal truth that contemporary society attempts to suppress by its overemphasis on pleasure, power, excessive consumption, and unbridled individualism. But centuries of lived experience prove that the values and practices of contemporary society lead to spiritual bankruptcy rather than to the euphoria of eternal happiness. The spiritualities offered by The Rule of St. Benedict and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, set forth a vision that challenges the illusory promises of contemporary society. This vision is both ever-ancient and ever-new in its approach to experiencing fullness of life—rooted in community consciousness, respectful of the diversity of persons, fostered by loving service, and guided by the virtues of faith and hope.


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

Cost: $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)



Five-Day Directed Retreat

August 12 - 16, 2019


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. and Sister Treva Heinberg, O.S.B.

Cost: $470
Printable Registration Form (pdf)



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)



For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

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