Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

Welcoming All As Christ


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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 40 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.

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.

Comments from recent guests...

The Sisters hold us in prayer as we gather, and the grounds offer a respite of beauty.  A gift of grace I look forward to every year.

The staff is outstanding - went out of their way to be sure my needs were met.

First class facility and I thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

A very clean, aesthetically pleasing and fitting place for our retreat. I'm very grateful.

All facilities outstanding; very welcoming and accomodating staff.

You truly embody what Benedict says about welcoming guests. I only wish I could have stayed longer.

It's a beautiful facility.  Good craftsmanship and care.

The room was spic and span...The food was outstanding - nutritious with a home-cooked flair. I enjoyed the serene atmospherehere. The grounds are idyllic and everyone was very welcoming.

Thank you for the Christian, cheerful, reverant hospitality.

I look forward to returning...this place is so loving and renewing.

Your Center is beautiful. Can't wait to come back next year.

So grateful to have this contemplative oasis in North Alabama.

The food was delicious, plentiful, and accommodating to special needs.

The Sisters are so kind and welcoming. Every detail of hospitality is attended to.

Facilities surpassed expectations. Thoughtfully furnished. Very comfortable. Clean, organized and well-stocked dining area.

Everyone was very nice, generous and helpful.

This is a special place to focus on God and renew my soul.

The grounds are beautiful and relaxing.

The quiet and sanctity here made it easy to sink quickly into stillness and contemplation.

Wonderful facility. Would highly recommend.

The staff are always so kind & courteous! I always feel so welcomed and blessed each time I come!!!

[Staff] friendly and smiling.

[Staff] very welcoming and warm, and respectful of silence and privacy. (from a private retreatant)

The retreat housing was very nice. Everybody here is so helpful. Thank you very much!

[Facilities were] super neat and clean. Everyone we met [was] so kind and warm.

Very kind and caring staff.

Many thanks for Benedictine hospitality.  Everyone was welcoming and friendly.

You always prepare our space so beautifully, and I feel your prayers for us.

I was very pleased with the cleanliness and simplicty of my room.

I'm so grateful for the chance to spend time in such a special, peaceful place.

I found the hospitality to be simple and perfect...simply perfect. The peace of this place is palpable.

[Staff were] very welcoming and hospitable. St. Benedict would be proud.

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful place to retreat frm the everyday. I have visited twice and each time gone home mentally and spiritually refreshed.

Thank you for planning preparing such good meals!

Rooms and main areas were very neat and tidy. The staff were very sweet and helpful.

The staff is so very kind, generous, and helpful.

Everyone I came in contact with was so thoughtful and kind.

I look forward to my time here every year.

The peace and serenity of the Retreat Center is very conducive to our spiritual experience.

We love it here!

Thank you for providing a sacred and beautiful place for me to retreat and savor my time with the Lord.

[Facilities were] spotless - and well ordered. Wonderful staff!

So grateful for special diet accommodations.

Our experience was outstanding, as usual.

[Facilities were] all graceful appointed.

Very grateful for the beautiful grounds, kind and friendly Sisters, and Vespers. 

[Staff were] exceptionally welcoming. 

[Facilities were] pristine but comfortable.

The food was excellent.

Everyone was kind and courteous.

The facilities are very well taken care of and clean!

You're all so nice!

Thank you so much for the very warm hospitality!

Your staff is wonderfully friendly and always helpful and accomodating.

Very good meals, very delicious.

This place is a most holy and necessary place for me.  The retreats here have changed my life. 

Thank you to the Sisters for providing this beautiful facility for us to grow closer to each other and to God.

Beautiful grounds with a very sacred atmosphere.

Everything was neat and beautiful. [Staff] always sweet and smiling.

The Sisters are wonderful and our time here has been great.



Photos from the 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 a variety of configurations.











































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


















Many guests enjoy relaxing on the Sun Porch.






















St. Gertrude Room offer a space for small groups to meet, or a space for breakout sessions.