Spring Silent Retreat registration now open


Maybe you're new or newly-returned to organized worship and you're ready to discern God's call on your life.

Perhaps you're a regular church-goer who yearns to go deeper. You're thirsty for a sign or nudge from God about your next steps.

Or maybe you're weary of the divisiveness of today's world and you long to shut out the clanging cymbals that seem to surround you.

If you yearn for time and space to just be in the presence of God, you will certainly benefit from attending the Silent Retreat at Sacred Heart Monastery. It's a weekend retreat offering the time and space you seek. The next retreat is April 24-26, 2020, at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center of the Sacred Heart Monastery, 916 Convent Road NE in Cullman.

Peace and tranquility in a holy setting will give you the time and space for listening, discernment and reflection. Retreat leaders Deanna Shotts and Rev. Susie Knedlik have prepared the retreat based on the theme "Thirst for God." A retreat guide is available upon request, and community worship times are built into the schedule. The peaceful environment and beautiful grounds provide a contemplative atmosphere that encourages one to slow down the frantic pace of life today and spend time alone with God. In addition, the Benedictine Sisters welcome retreatants to join the monastic community for Lauds and Vespers as they live out St. Benedict’s edict to “welcome the stranger as Christ.” Clergy who attend will receive 2.5 CEUs with certificates provided upon request.

The late Rev. Claude Whitehead, a pastor, counselor and spiritual director, began the Silent Retreats in 1988 at Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman. These retreats continue today following the format he created.

Participants should bring a Bible, journal, pen and comfortable clothing. Each person will be housed in a private room in Benet Hall with bed and bath linens provided. Space is limited, and rooms are reserved in order of deposits received. If you have questions about the retreat weekend, please contact Deanna Shotts (205-412-2771) or Rev. Susie Knedlik (205-399-6676).

Click here to register.

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