Frequently Asked Questions
When is Sophia Center open for business?
Business hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and on Saturdays when we have guests. Sophia Center is closed on Mondays, as well as the first Sunday of each month, the first Saturday of March, June, August and November, the last two weeks of August and the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
When are check-in and check-out times?
For scheduled retreats, check-in time is one half hour before the retreat is scheduled to begin. For groups, the check in time will be established with the leader in advance of the retreat. For private retreats we ask that you arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Special arrangements can be made if necessary.
Where do I check in?
Please come to Sophia Center on the main floor of the Feeney building to check in. The entrance to Sophia Center is on the south side of the building.
May I join the sisters for prayers?
Guests are always welcome for Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist. If you are new to Sophia Center, one of the sisters will provide a brief orientation for you and find you a place in chapel. A schedule for prayer times can be found in your room. Out of respect for the group gathered for prayer, please plan to arrive at least five minutes early for the service.
What is the schedule for meals and prayers?
Morning prayer during the week is scheduled at 6:30 a.m. Eucharist is at 7:15 a.m. Evening prayer is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday morning prayer is at 8:30 a.m. and Eucharist at 9:15 a.m. Evening prayer on Saturday is at 5:00 p.m. Sunday morning prayer is at 9:30 a.m. and Eucharist at 10:15 a.m. Evening prayer on Sunday is at 5:00 p.m.
Is there a dress code?
We suggest comfortable clothes, appropriate for the season, as well as comfortable walking shoes. You may find a light sweater helpful for meeting rooms. In the chapel, the dining room and meeting rooms, we suggest "business casual". If you plan to join the sisters in the chapel, we prefer that shorts not be worn.
Where are meals served for retreatants?
For private retreatants and groups of less than 20, meals are served in the monastery dining room, a short walk across campus. For larger groups, we contract with the Atchison Heritage Conference Center located next to Sophia Center. Groups may also opt to rent our kitchen and provide their own meals, to order pizza or subs.
Are men allowed at Sophia Center retreats?
We welcome men as guests for private retreats, as participants in scheduled retreats or hosted retreats.
Where are the bedrooms located?
There are 20 bedrooms and 24 beds located in St. Catherine's Hall, across the street from the main Sophia Center building. An additional 7 rooms with 14 beds are located on the third floor of St. Cecilia's, which is attached to the monastery building.
What should I bring?
We provide sheets, towels, wash cloths, pillows and blankets. Please bring toiletries and other personal items you may need. Since some of the bathrooms are down the hall, you will also want to bring a bathrobe.
Will I have a private room?
Sophia Center has 27 rooms and 38 beds. Retreatants may either choose a private room or a room to share with someone you know.
Is there a private bathroom?
All the bathrooms are private. Some are shared between two bedrooms. Others are down the hall.
Is the Internet available at Sophia Center?
Sophia Center is equipped with wired and wireless connectivity in the main building and in St. Cecilia's.