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

January 19 - 21, 2018


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)


A Lenten journey with gerard manley hopkins

February 9 - 11, 2018



The life of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a Jesuit priest and poet, was one of rejection, loneliness, and ill health.  In spite of this, his strong faith in the Paschal Mystery and his awareness of the immanence of God in nature sustained him and evoked the most powerful poetry of his time.  As we prepare to journey through Lent, his expression of sufffering and resurrection will encourage us to deepen our sense of the Paschal Mystery.

Retreat Director: Sister Marian Davis, O.S.B., Ph.D.
Cost: Private Room $245; Shared Room $205/person

Printable Registration Form (pdf)



Intensive Centering Prayer:

A four-day retreat on the welcoming prayer

February 22 - 25, 2018


Deepen further the discipline of Centering Prayer and deepen your relationship with God.  In the framework of Centering Prayer and silence there will be presentations on The Welcoming Prayer durin gthis retreat, which begins on a Thursday instead of Friday.  The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God's presence and action in our lives and in our reactions to events and situations of daily. 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. 

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer (weekend or one-day workshop)

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $325

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


holy week at the monastery


March 30, 2018 - 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)


March 29 - 30, 2018 - 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)


March 29 - April 1, 2018 - 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)




The Gospel of Mark: Faith, Fear, and Healing

April 27-29, 2018


Noted New Testament scholar Bonnie Thurston will lead us in exploring three themes from the Gospel of Mark in this retreat.  A Friday evening introduction to Mark's gospel will be followed by Saturday sessions on the spirituality of the Gospel as expressed through themes of faith, fear and healing.  For those who are able to stay over on Saturday night, Bonnie will offer a poetry reading on Saturday evening, including selections from her new book, followed by a Sunday morning concluding session on Mark.  The retreat will end with the noon meal on Sunday.  Participants are asked to bring their Bible.

Retreat Director: Bonnie Thurston, a New Testament scholar and poet, lives quietly in West Virginia.  She has led retreats and lectured on a wide variety of topics in the U.S. and abroad and has published extensively in both scholarly journals and religious periodicals.  Bonnie has also authored 26 books ranging from theology to poetry, including three books on the Gospel of Mark.  Her most recent book is Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld.  A new volume of Bonnie's poetry, From Darkness to Eastering, was published in October, 2017.

Retreat Directors:

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

Printable Registration Form (pdf)






8-Day Intensive / Post - Intensive Centering Prayer

May 22 - 29, 2018; 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.






Five-Day Directed Retreat

Summer 2018 - 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.; Sister Treva Heinberg, O.S.B.; and
Sister Priscilla Cohen, O.S.B.
Cost: TBA

Printable Registration Form (pdf)



advent day of reflection

December 2018 - Date and Time TBA


The season of Advent speaks to the heart's longing to birth new life.  This day will offer the opportunity to ponder your heart's longing for God in the context of the scripture readings for the Sundays of Advent.

Retreat Director: TBA

Cost: TBA, includes lunch and refreshments

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