Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

Welcoming All As Christ


Click here for a pdf document containing the new extrerior layout of the Retreat Center along with a description of available facilities.


Click here for a pdf document of our current wish list. 



In the tradition of Benedictine hospitality, we welcome you to the web pages of the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center.

Our Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Alabama. We offer a variety of services designed to meet the spiritual and educational needs of the People of God, including private retreats, group retreats, luncheon meetings, days of reflection, and more.

In over 35 years of retreat ministry, thousands of men and women of many denominations have found spiritual refreshment and renewal in the gentle, tranquil environment of the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center. Our setting on the spacious and beautiful grounds of Sacred Heart Monastery provides a peaceful, prayerful atmosphere in which to “come away awhile” to seek our loving and gracious God.

Comments from recent guests

From June 2015...

Everyone was very welcoming.

Very clean and cozy... Beautiful and well-kept grounds.

Amazing - Wonderful new center! Loved teh rocking chairs on proch!  We did alot of rocking and sitting.  Staff was very kind and helpful.

So refreshing and relaxing to be with you!

Facilities were spic and span. 

[Staff] was delightful, caring, helpful and professional from our very first phone conversation...  Everyone has been so gracious.

Staff is very courtesous and helpful, and they manage to do it all without speaking! (From a silent retreatant)

Everything is so neat and clean, which makes for a relaxing and peaceful experience.

From May 2015...

Very courteous and very helpful staff

Everything was wonderful!

[Facilities are] always spotless.

My favorite place anywhere!

[Staff was] very, very accommodating and kind.

Love the new facilities - landscaping is gorgeous.

The retreat facilities are so clean that this has become a favorite retreat venue in one visit.

Pristine and beautiful! Thank you!

Everyone was so kind.

Thank you very much to all who worked to make this a spiritual experience where we feel so loved and nurtured.

It was a great weekend. The hospitality was overwhelming. Thank you!

My room and bathroom were as clean as any 5-star hotel.

This being a silent retreat, the staff was very helpful and considerate of the silence.

From April 2015...

[Staff was] very friendly, pleasant, cheerful, helpful.

Beautiful meeting room.  Benet Hall was a wonderful place for our group.

The area/grounds are very conducive to retreats and their purpose to find peace and calm in our busy world.

The staff is very friendly and love their smiles.

Extremely clean and very neat.

Thank you for making our retreat very special - all accommodations were met.

Beautiful place - could not have been better.

Very clean and tidy...[staff went] above and beyond...A beautiful facility wiht beautiful people.  May God continue to bless you...

Everything was clean and nice, the buildings are open and bright and the grounds are beautiful.

From previous months...

Very hospitable in the nature of Christ, especially allowing us to share chapel [with Sisters for liturgical prayer].

Retreat Center is a great ministry to the Christian community.

I look forward all year to our annual retreat here with the Benedictine Sisters.

[Staff were] extremely courteous. [Facilities] clean and welcoming.

[Staff were] courteous, helpful, and welcoming.

Your hospitality is always so warm and welcoming. I feel like I am coming home.

I really appreciate all that you have provided and given us.  Everything was wonderful, comfortable, and really enjoyable.  Thank you!

Really good food.

Very gracious and hospitable, very clean and comfortable.

Always clean and welcoming. Always a pleasure to be here!

The entire experience was wonderful!

Meals were generous and delicious.

German clean!

As always, [the staff were] gracious and loving.

Everyone involved with the weekend and with the [center] was wonderful.

The meals were very good and filling.

Very cheerful staff.  Very well kept and inviting facility.  We had a blessed weekend. 

[The staff were] always smiling.

This is a great facility to hold retreats on beautiful grounds!!

The Property is amazing and the facilities were very clean. I know you will enjoy your new facility. Blessed be God forever!

Very clean and comfortable!

Everything was absolutely beautiful. A perfect setting for the weekend.

[Re: the staff] Everyone was really nice. 

Very clean!

Love this place. Will be back.

[Staff were] very courteous and helpful.

Had a great experience. Thanks for all your hard work!

Your staff did everything possible to make me feel welcome and comfortable.  Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. 

We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about our facilities, services, and retreats.  If you wish more information or would like to schedule a retreat, you may reach us by telephone or e-mail.

May the peace of Christ be with you.


Photos from the new Retreat Center meeting areas:


An attractive nook in which to visit or read.










The dining room features abundant natural light. 

























A light-filled corridor leads from the meeting areas to the dining room.  An expansive porch allows for exterior access. 











The small Retreat Center chapel may be used for private prayer.  Groups may reserve it for prayer services or liturgies.










St. Scholastica Meeting Room will accommodate just over 50 people with auditorium-style seating.









St. Benedict Meeting Room will accommodate up to 100 with auditorium-style seating. 











Both meeting rooms can also be arranged in other configurations.







































A small Gift Shop offers a selection of spiritual books and religiously-oriented gift items.

















Many guests enjoy relaxing on the Sun Porch.