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.

 

 

cross and compassion: The spiritual journey of edith stein

Saturday, October 20, 2018

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

 

During this one-day retreat, we will reflect upon the life and spirituality of Carmelite saint and martyr St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein).  We will consider her life in the context of her times, with a special focus on her concern for human brokenness and her emphasis upon the cross of Christ.

Retreat Director: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, O.S.B.

Cost: $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

weekend intensive Centering Prayer:

the forgiveness prayer

November 16-18, 2018

 

This weekend, for those experienced in Centering Prayer, will feature instruction on The Forgiveness Prayer.  There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina.  The weekend will be spent in silence.

Retreat Directors: Diana Tschache

Prerequisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

epiphany day of reflection

Saturday, January 5, 2019

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

 

With the season of Christmas behind us and the new year inviting us forward, Epiphany is a perfect time to pause and reflect on Christ in our midst.  On this day we will have a particular focus on art and literature that incorporate the themes of Epiphany.

 

Retreat Director: Sister Elisabeth Meadows, O.S.B.

Cost: $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

Introduction to Centering Prayer

January 18-20, 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)


 

hildegard of bingen: a woman for our times

February 1-3, 2019

 

Explore the life and gifts of Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine visionary, artist, composer, and physician who lived in teh 1100's.  The retreat will include reflection on many of her visions, using her remarkable paintings and writings.  We will also ponder some of her suggestions for living a deeper spiritual life, as well as enjoy music she composed for liturgical pryaer.  there will be tim efor personal refleciton and some group sharing.

Retreat Director: Sister Mary McGehee, O.S.B.

Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

Flannery O'Connor:

Suffering and Redemption in the Life and Literature of a Great World Writer

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

 

In the more than fifty years since her death from Lupus at the age of 39, Flannery O'Connor's literary and spiritual legacies have continued to grow.  No longer considered merely a regional or Southern writer, O'Connor is now recognized as a major figure in 20th century world literature.  This one day retreat will acquaint newcomers to O'Connor's work with a complete overview of her life and career, and in the spirit of Lent will focus upon the theme of redemptive suffering, as O'Connor both lived and wrote about this particular mystery of grace.  Participants will be provided with materials to assist them in their developing study of O'Connor, and will also view a screening of the only feature length documentary film ever made about O'Connor's life.   In addition, participants will hear a rare archival recording of O'Connor reading her most famous short story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find."  O'Connor often said that her primary purpose in writing involved revealing "the action of grace in territory largely held by the devil." Participants will come away from this retreat with a deeper appreciation not only of O'Connor's literary achievements, but also a greater awareness of the profound connection between art and spirituality and the presence of grace in the most unlikely of circumstances.

 

Retreat Director: Dr. David King 

Dr. David A. King is Professor of English and Film Studies at Kennesaw State University, where he has taught for over 25 years.  In addition, Dr. King is the award winning arts and culture columnist for the Georgia Bulletin, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, and the director of the RCIA program at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta.  Dr. King served as expert consultant on the first documentary film ever made about O'Connor, Uncommon Grace.  Though Dr. King has published and presented widely on Catholic artists and writers, he most enjoys sharing with general audiences the richness of the Catholic aesthetic and intellectual tradition.

 

Cost: $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

John donne and george herbert: poets of the paschal mystery

March 22-23, 2019

 

The works of John Donne and George Herbery, 17th Century Metaphysical poets who wre also pastors, tereat of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus in sublime, memorable poetry that lends itself to meditation and spiritual experience.  An exploration of their poetry will enhance our Lenten journey.

 

Retreat Director: Sister Marian Davis, O.S.B., Ph.D.

Cost: Private Room $145; Shared Room $110/person (This is a one-night retreat.  An additional night of retreat is available for those who wish.  Please inquire.)
Printable Registration Form (pdf)

 


 

 

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)


 

weekend intensive Centering Prayer

November 16-18, 2018

 

Develop further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepend your relationship with God.  There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina.  The weekend will be spent in silence.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham staff

Prerequisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer

Cost: Private Room $245

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


 

 

common wisdom:

parallels in benedictine and twelve-step spiritualities

 

Saturday, May 4, 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)


 

 

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)

 


 

 

Five-Day Directed Retreat

Summer 2019 - Date TBA

 

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)

 

 


For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

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