Silent Retreat ideal opportunity for prayer and contemplation


It's a busy, noisy world out there. Advanced technology has its rewards, but it also has its drawbacks. Information sometimes comes at us faster than we can process it. Many of us yearn for time and space to just be, and be in the presence of God. The Silent Retreat offers just such time and space. The next retreat is April 5-7, 2019. Retreats are held at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center of the Sacred Heart Monastery, 916 Convent Road NE in Cullman.

Imagine peace and tranquility in a holy setting—that's what the Silent Retreat strives to offer. Retreat leaders Deanna Shotts and Rev. Susie Knedlik  have prepared the retreat based on the theme "Pray and Work." A retreat guide is available if needed, 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 beautifully live out St. Benedict’s advice 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, 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, so 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).

Cost is $195, which includes meals and accommodations. A deposit of $95 will reserve space for the retreat. Click here for registration link.

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