Scheduled Retreats and Workshops

Sophia Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica. All retreats are on the grounds of the monastery of Mount St. Scholastica. Spend prayerful time in the inspiring chapels, share in the spiritual and intellectual resources of the sisters and, most importantly, experience worship with a monastic community known for its reverent, beautiful liturgies.

* If you register for a program and do not receive an email within a day, please call to confirm that we received your registration.  Thank you.

Some of our day retreats may be made into an overnight retreat with time to prepare or time to reflect. Come a day early or stay overnight after the retreat. Join the sisters for prayer and/or Eucharist. Spend time in one of our beautiful chapels. Read in one of our two libraries.

The cost of an overnight stay is $50 for a private room. Enjoy a meal in the monastery dining room. (The noon meal is $9.00, the evening meal is $7.00 and breakfast is $5.00.) Let us know if you are interested in this option.

 

2017

 

Saturday, February 25 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

NEW HOPE FOR DEPRESSION

Sharon Highberger

Sharon shares an inspired pathway out of clinical depression. Hear about the value of deepening spiritual practices to find new hope and discover one's own path to the God of grace and compassion.

Fee: $80 ($15 deposit)
Register by February 17.   Register online.  

Sharon Highberger, an oblate of Mount St. Scholastica, is a certified chaplain and grief counselor. A graduate of the Souljourners spiritual direction program, she has worked as a hospital and hospice chaplain. She gives retreats based on her book Dancing With Depression: A Spiritual Pathway for Recovery from Darkness to Light.   


Saturday, February 25 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A Getaway for Self-Renewal      (one opening)

Linda Zahner, OSB

Take care of yourself, so you can be there for others in your life. Self care is not a luxury, but is vital to your health and well-being. The day will include a guided group meditation period and your choice of one 30 minute bodywork services: massage, reflexology, contemplative healing touch or spiritual direction.
Bring a Bible and, if you wish, a journal.  Limited to 5 participants.

Fee: $65, lunch included.  (Deposit: $35)  
Register by February 24.    Register online.

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB, M.A., is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner as well as a certified licensed massage therapist. She also serves as a spiritual director, with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program.

Make this an overnight retreat with time to prepare or time to reflect. Come a day early or stay overnight after the retreat. Join the sisters for prayer and/or Eucharist. Spend time in one of our beautiful chapels. Read in one of our two libraries.

The cost of an overnight stay is $50 for a private room. Enjoy a meal in the monastery dining room. (The noon meal is $9.00, the evening meal is $7.00 and breakfast is $5.00. Be sure to indicate if you wish to stay overnight or enjoy a meal with the sisters.)

 

4th Tuesday of the month | Mount St. Scholastica Monastery | 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.

Book Discussion 

Sister Sheila Carroll and Sister Gabrielle Kocour

February 28 - I Never Had It Made by J. Robinson & Alfred Duckett

March 28 - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

April 25 - The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian



Thursday, March 2 | 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.   

Bridges For Contemplative Living for Lenten and Easter Season - Transforming Our Pain

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, Sister Gabrielle & Sister Sheila

Various selections of spiritual writers will be used to awaken insight and wisdom for the journey toward spiritual transformation and a more peace-filled life.

Free will offering accepted.    Register on line.  


Friday, March 3 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

LENT WITH SAINT BENEDICT

Judith Sutera, OSB

Lent is the only liturgical season to which St. Benedict devotes a whole chapter of his rule. The author of the book Lenten Wisdom from St. Benedict (Liguori Press) guides retreatants to consider the challenges and joys of a Benedictine approach to the season.

Sister Judith Sutera, OSB, M.A., is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica with degrees in counseling and in monastic history. She serves as an oblate director for Mount St. Scholastica, and as a writer, speaker and retreat director. She edits Magistra, a journal of the history of women's spirituality and is the author of Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Saint Benedict, and Lent and Easter Wisdom from Saint Benedict, The Vinedresser's Notebook, and other works. 

Fee: $55. (Deposit: $10)
Register by February 23.  
Register on line.  

 

Sunday, March 12 | 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Lenten Retreat Day with Handel's Messiah

Susan Barber, OSB

Prepare for Easter by reflecting on the Scriptures and texts from Handel's Messiah, parts two and three. S. Susan Barber will facilitate the retreat. S. Irene Nowell, OSB, will offer scriptural background for the texts and S. Micaela Randolph, OSB, will lead a lectio experience. The retreat will conclude with a viewing of the Messiah and an opportunity to follow it with the score.

Free will offering.
Register by February 28.     Register online.

 

Tuesday, March 14 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

A Getaway for Self-Renewal  (waiting list)

Linda Zahner, OSB

Take care of yourself, so you can be there for others in your life. Self care is not a luxury, but is vital to your health and well-being. The day will include a guided group meditation period and your choice of one 30 minute bodywork services: massage, reflexology, contemplative healing touch or spiritual direction.
Bring a Bible and, if you wish, a journal. Limited to 5 participants.

Fee: $65, lunch included.  (Deposit: $35)  
Register by March 7.    Register online.

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB, M.A., is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner as well as a certified licensed massage therapist. She also serves as a spiritual director, with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program.

Make this an overnight retreat with time to prepare or time to reflect. Come a day early or stay overnight after the retreat. Join the sisters for prayer and/or Eucharist. Spend time in one of our beautiful chapels. Read in one of our two libraries.

The cost of an overnight stay is $50 for a private room. Enjoy a meal in the monastery dining room. (The noon meal is $9.00, the evening meal is $7.00 and breakfast is $5.00. Be sure to indicate if you wish to stay overnight or enjoy a meal with the sisters.)


Tuesday, March 14  

Coffee and Silence

We offer our space for private retreat times on days when we have no groups scheduled. Come for a morning or a day. Spend time in silence. Walk our beautiful grounds. Visit our Saint Scholastica Chapel. Coffee is provided.  Arrive any time after 9:00 a.m. Bring a sack lunch and spend the day. Leave by 4:00 p.m.  

Reservations required.  Free will offering.   Register on line. 

Let us know if you wish to have your noon meal in our monastery dining room, instead of bringing a sack lunch (extra fee applies.)

We are often able to accommodate individuals on other days. Ask if you have a special day or time of interest to you.


Tuesday, March 14 | 1:30 3:30 pm

Souljourners Inquiry     

Want to know more about Souljourners?

Come to one of our 2017 get-acquainted sessions to learn about the program, take time to reflect on your call to spiritual direction and observe a model spiritual direction session.

Sessions are also scheduled for:

  • 10 a.m. to noon,  Saturday, Apr. 1
  • 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 13
  • 10:00 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 1
  • 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9

Contact Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB, 913-360-6159, for more information or Register online.  


Wednesday, March 15 | 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Growing a Mandala Through Contemplation

Sharon Highberger

Mandalas are a form of a spiritual prayer experience that requires no drawing skills.  Through centering, one taps a source of praying from within our own innate, undiscovered creativity.

Fee: $30, includes the cost of supplies
 Register by March 8.   Register on line. 

Sharon Highberger, an oblate of Mount St. Scholastica, is a certified chaplain and grief counselor. She is a graduate of the Souljourners spiritual direction program, Sophia Center, Atchison, Kansas.

 

Thursday, March 16 | 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.    

Bridges For Contemplative Living for Lenten and Easter Season - Jesus Forgiving Victim

Mount St. Scholastica, Sister Gabrielle Kocour & Sister SheilaCarroll

Various selections of spiritual writers will be used to awaken insight and wisdom for the journey toward spiritual transformation and a more peace-filled life.

Free will offering accepted.    Register on line.  


Sunday, March 19 | 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

BENEDICT'S VISION: Work Made Holy

A Series for Young Professional Women

Cecilia Olson, OSB, and a team of sisters

The wisdom of St. Benedict embraces work, life, and human emotions. Benedict saw the value of work but especially the value of the worker. As you delve into the writing and teachings of Benedict, prepare to see the workplace as worthplace, a place where all can find meaning, wholeness and connectedness – a bridge to the spiritual.

Participants will be reading and discussing, St. Benedict’s Guide to Improving Your Work Life: Workplace as Worthplace, by Michael Rock. We ask, if possible, for a free will offering to cover the $15.00 cost of the book.

Women who attend this series are welcome to join the sisters for Sunday evening praise at 5:00 p.m. and to stay for an evening meal in the monastery dining room following prayer.

Register online.


Thursday, March 23 | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS, Sister Gabrielle Kocour & Sister Shelia Carroll

Share in the traditional monastic practice of guided reading, listening, reflecting and responding to the Word of God in the Scriptures.    

Register on line. 


Workshop with Sister Maureen Conroy, RSM

Friday, March 24 | 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

ANGELS AMONG US! Experience the Abundant Blessings of Angels

Did you know we are surrounded by Angels? Are you aware that many Angels are eager to assist us? Did you know that there are various groups of Angels and that each group has a specific mission?

Come, learn about and experience the abundant spiritual blessings of Angels and Archangels and various ways they can help us in our lives.

Areas we will ponder are:

  • What are "Angels? How can Angels help us?
  • Who are the four major Archangels? What is the mission of each one?
  • The Nine Orders of Angels including the Seraphim, Cherubim, and so on
  • Guardian Angels: our lifetime companions
  • Scriptural references about Angels
  • How Angels can assist us in our daily life
  • Angel meditations, prayers and stories

You will take home a handout of information and meditation experiences to help you experience the abundant blessings of Angels.

Fee: $95, includes lunch ( Deposit: $35).  $135 with Thursday overnight (deposit: $35)


Register by March 10.    Register on line.  

Sister Maureen Conroy, RSM, D.Min., is co-director of the Upper Room Spirituality Center in Neptune, N.J. Her ministries include spiritual direction, education of spiritual directors, directed retreats and workshops on spiritual direction, supervision, discernment, and holistic spirituality. She teaches spiritual direction at Creighton University, Omaha, and at Milltown Institute, Dublin, Ireland. Maureen hold a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary University in Baltimore. 

 

Professional Workshop with Sister Maureen Conroy, RSM

Friday, March 24 | 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, March 26 | 12:30 p.m.  

LOVE IS THE GREATEST HEALER
THE TRANSFORMATIVE BLESSINGS OF PRAYER
and SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Scientific studies are proving the healing power of love! A compassionate, caring presence to another fosters physical cures, psychological healing and spiritual well-being. As the song from Broadway expresses beautifully: "Love Changes Everything!"

During this experiential program we will:

  • reflect on how love is a state of being
  • reflect on ways the human and divine love heals body, mind and spirit
  • ponder the qualities and empowering effects of God's abundant love
  • savor experiences of God's love
  • ponder the "greatest gift of all" in 1 Cor. 13
  • explore concrete ways to foster unconditional love in our lives
  • experience healing meditations and spiritual companioning sessions

You will bring home a lengthy hand-out of helpful information and meditation experiences to assist you in experiencing the healing power of love in your daily life. 

Fee: $250, with no overnight; $330 with overnights on Friday and Saturday.  ($50 deposit)    Register by March 10.   Register online.     

All fees include 5 meals, snacks and social.     

 

4th Tuesday of the month | Mount St. Scholastica Monastery | 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.

Book Discussion 

Sister Sheila Carroll and Sister Gabriell Kocour

March 28Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

April 25 - The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian

 

Thursday, March 30 | 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.      

Bridges For Contemplative Living for Lenten and Easter Season - Dying Into Life

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, Sister Gabrielle Kocour & Sister Sheila Carroll

Various selections of spiritual writers will be used to awaken insight and wisdom for the journey toward spiritual transformation and a more peace-filled life.

Free will offering accepted.    Register on line.  



Thursday, April 6 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

RETREAT: Awakening the Mystic in You

Sister Sheila Carroll, OSB

A mystic is one who has had a direct experience of God. In this retreat we will focus on your life experiences and different kinds of contemplative prayer. There will be a guided meditation, centering prayer, Lectio and time for your reflections in silence. The mysticism of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross will be reviewed. The retreat will include a video, group discussion and personal sharing at your refreshment breaks. If you have had experiences of God or desire to grow closer to God, this retreat is for you. Come and spend this day at Sophia Center.

Fee: $55  ($10 deposit)
Register by March 28.   Register online.   

Sister Sheila Carroll, OSB, D.Min., a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, serves on the Sophia staff and as a spiritual director. She draws on her graduate studies of mysticism and prayer to give retreats and talks on the mystics.


Saturday, April 8 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A Getaway for Self-Renewal

Linda Zahner, OSB

Take care of yourself, so you can be there for others in your life. Self care is not a luxury, but is vital to your health and well-being. The day will include a guided group meditation period and your choice of one 30 minute bodywork services: massage, reflexology, contemplative healing touch or spiritual direction.


Bring a Bible and, if you wish, a journal.  Limited to 5 participants.

Fee: $65, lunch included.  (Deposit: $35)  
Register by March 25.    Register online.

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB, M.A., is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner as well as a certified licensed massage therapist. She also serves as a spiritual director, with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program.


Tuesday, April 11  

Coffee and Silence

We offer our space for private retreat times on days when we have no groups scheduled. Come for a morning or a day. Spend time in silence. Walk our beautiful grounds. Visit our Saint Scholastica Chapel. Coffee is provided.  Arrive any time after 9:00 a.m. Bring a sack lunch and spend the day. Leave by 4:00 p.m.  

Reservations required.  Free will offering.   Register on line. 

Let us know if you wish to have your noon meal in our monastery dining room, instead of bringing a sack lunch (extra fee applies.)

 

We are often able to accommodate individuals on other days. Ask if you have a special day or time of interest to you.


Thursday, April 13 | 3:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 16 | 1:00 p.m.

Holy Week/Triduum Retreat

Experience the beautiful liturgies and profound silence of the monastery beginning with the Holy Thursday banquet and ending with the Easter Eucharist and dinner.

Orientation - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $250       Deposit $50
Register by April 3        
Register on line.       


Thursday, April 20 | 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.    

Bridges for Contemplative Living for Lenten and Easter Season - Coming Full Circle

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, Sister Gabrielle Kocour & Sister Sheila Carroll

Various selections of spiritual writers will be used to awaken insight and wisdom for the journey toward spiritual transformation and a more peace-filled life.

Free will offering accepted.    Register on line.  


4th Tuesday of the month | 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.

Book Discussion 

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, Sister Sheila Carroll and Sister Gabrielle Kocour

April 25The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian


Thursday, April 27 | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS, Sister Gabrielle Kocour & Sister Shelia Carroll

Share in the traditional monastic practice of guided reading, listening, reflecting and responding to the Word of God in the Scriptures.    
Register on line. 


April 28-30 | Friday 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, 4:00 pm  

Enneagram Workshop 

Sister Therese Elias, OSB

The Enneagram is rooted in the ancient Christian desert tradition. It can be a powerful spiritual tool for understanding one's personality and relationships and for growing in compassion for one's self and others. Remaining faithful to the age-old method of oral and visual instruction, we will emphasiza the participant's search for self-identification.

Limited to 13 participants.

Fee: $225  ($45 deposit)      Register by April 15.     Register online.   

Sister Therese Elias, OSB, M.A., of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, is a retreat director, spiritual advisor and lecturer with specialties in Benedictine spirituality, the mystics, contemplative prayer and Celtic spirituality. She has led numerous pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 


 

Thursday, May 4 | 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.     

Bridges for Contemplative Living for Lenten and Easter Season - Liminal Space 

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, Sister Gabrielle Kocour & Sister Sheila Carroll

Various selections of spiritual writers will be used to awaken insight and wisdom for the journey toward spiritual transformation and a more peace-filled life.

Free will offering accepted.    Register on line.  


Friday, May 5 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

GROWING WITH GOD: A Gardener's and Plant-Lover's Retreat

Judith Sutera, OSB

Benedictines, with their commitment to a place, have always had a special relationship with the earth around them. Sister Judith Sutera, author of The Vinedresser's Notebook (Abingdon Press), will reflect on how one can learn much about life and the love of God from what grows in the earth and how it is tended.

Fee: $55 (Deposit: $10).
Register by April 20.    Register online.    

Sister Judith Sutera, OSB, M.A., is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica with degrees in counseling and in monastic history. She serves as an oblate director for Mount St. Scholastica, and as a writer, speaker and retrat dirctor. She edits Magistra, a journal of the history of women's spirituality and is the author of Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Saint Benedict, and Lent and Easter Wisdom from Saint Benedict, The Vinedresser's Notebook, and other works.  


Thursday, May 11 | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS, Sister Gabrielle Kocour & Sister Shelia Carroll

Share in the traditional monastic practice of guided reading, listening, reflecting and responding to the Word of God in the Scriptures.    

Register on line. 


Thursday, May 11 

Coffee and Silence

We offer our space for private retreat times on days when we have no groups scheduled. Come for a morning or a day. Spend time in silence. Walk our beautiful grounds. Visit our Saint Scholastica Chapel. Coffee is provided.  Arrive any time after 9:00 a.m. Bring a sack lunch and spend the day. Leave by 4:00 p.m.  

Reservations required.  Free will offering.   Register on line. 

Let us know if you wish to have your noon meal in our monastery dining room, instead of bringing a sack lunch (extra fee applies.)

 We are often able to accommodate individuals on other days. Ask if you have a special day or time of interest to you.

 

Tuesday, May 16 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

The Spirituality of Place

Sister Thomasita Homan, OSB

Explore the relationship of place and spirituality. This retrwat will give you space and time to pay attention to special places in your own life and memorable places in scripture. You will reflect on how to become more aware that place is the intersection of time and eternity.

Sister Thonasita Homan, OSB, M.A., is a director of oblates for the Mount community and has also served as formation director. She is an emerita professor of English at Benedictine College and former director of campus ministry there. 

Fee: $55  ($10 deposit)
Register by May 8.   Register online.   

Make this an overnight retreat with time to prepare or time to reflect. Come a day early or stay overnight after the retreat. Join the sisters for prayer and/or Eucharist. Spend time in one of our beautiful chapels. Read in one of our two libraries.

The cost of an overnight stay is $50 for a private room. Enjoy a meal in the monastery dining room. (The noon meal is $9.00, the evening meal is $7.00 and breakfast is $5.00. Be sure to indicate if you wish to stay overnight or enjoy a meal with the sisters.)

 

Wednesday, May 24 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A Getaway for Self-Renewal

Linda Zahner, OSB

Take care of yourself, so you can be there for others in your life. Self care is not a luxury, but is vital to your health and well-being. The day will include a guided group meditation period and your choice of one 30 minute bodywork services: massage, reflexology, contemplative healing touch or spiritual direction.
Bring a Bible and, if you wish, a journal.  Limited to 5 participants.

Fee: $65, lunch included.  (Deposit: $35)  
Register by May 15.    Register online.

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB, M.A., is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner as well as a certified licensed massage therapist. She also serves as a spiritual director, with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program.

 

Friday, May 26 | 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 28 | 2:00 p.m.

Clay and Fire 

Alberta Hermann, OSB

"Come, go down to the potter's house and there I will let you hear my Word." (Jer. 18:2). Working with the medium of clay, participants will listen to God speaking to them through the elements of creation.

Everyone is welcome! No experience is needed to participate in this retreat.

Fee: $225 plus materials (Deposit: $50)   Register by May 16.    Register online.

Limited number of participants.

Sister Alberta Hermann, OSB, is a member of the Benedictine sistrs of Mount St. Scholastica. She learned the art of pottery from Sister Helen Buening and has assisted retreatants in creating pottery since 2000. Gifted with many talents, Sister Alberta's ministry has included teaching, occupational therapy, formation work, hospitality and ministry to the sick. 



Friday, June 16

Coffee and Silence

We offer our space for private retreat times on days when we have no groups scheduled. Come for a morning or a day. Spend time in silence. Walk our beautiful grounds. Visit our Saint Scholastica Chapel. Coffee is provided.  Arrive any time after 9:00 a.m. Bring a sack lunch and spend the day. Leave by 4:00 p.m.  

Reservations required.  Free will offering.   Register on line. 

Let us know if you wish to have your noon meal in our monastery dining room, instead of bringing a sack lunch (extra fee applies.)

We are often able to accommodate individuals on other days. Ask if you have a special day or time of interest to you.



Thurs, July 20, 7:00 p.m. to Sun, July 23 after lunch

10th Monastic Institute for Benedictine Oblates

Steps to Good Living  

Presentations given by Father Meinrad Miller, OSB

  • Tools of Good Works (RB 4)
  • Humility: Living the Truth (RB 7)
  • Good Zeal (RB 72)
  • Putting It All Together 

Number of participants limited.

Registration: Thursday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.    
Total Program Fee with housing and meals: $325.  $200 for commuters.
$250 each for a double room.   Deposit: $75.        Register on line.  

 

 

 Tuesday, August 8 - Sunday, August 13

Silent Directed Retreat

Sophia Staff

This retreat is a time to get away from the noise and busyness of everyday life. It allows one to spend quiet time with god in personal prayer and to meet daily with a spiritual director. The quiet of the monastic seting gives you time to listen to the deep desires of your heart.

You will have opportunities for daily centering prayer and group sharing of scripture.

Fee: $375 with housing and meals ($50 deposit)    Register by July 29.     Register online.   


Wednesday, August 16 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A Getaway for Self-Renewal      

Linda Zahner, OSB

Take care of yourself, so you can be there for others in your life. Self care is not a luxury, but is vital to your health and well-being. The day will include a guided group meditation period and your choice of one 30 minute bodywork services: massage, reflexology, contemplative healing touch or spiritual direction.
Bring a Bible and, if you wish, a journal.  Limited to 5 participants.

Fee: $65, lunch included.  (Deposit: $35)  
Register by January 3.    Register online.

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB, M.A., is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner as well as a certified licensed massage therapist. She also serves as a spiritual director, with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program.

Make this an overnight retreat with time to prepare or time to reflect. Come a day early or stay overnight after the retreat. Join the sisters for prayer and/or Eucharist. Spend time in one of our beautiful chapels. Read in one of our two libraries.

The cost of an overnight stay is $50 for a private room. Enjoy a meal in the monastery dining room. (The noon meal is $9.00, the evening meal is $7.00 and breakfast is $5.00. Be sure to indicate if you wish to stay overnight or enjoy a meal with the sisters.)

 

 

7:00 p.m. Friday, August 18 - Monday afternoon, August 21

Retreat - The Cosmos Within

On Monday, August 21, between the minutes of 1:06-1:10 p.m., Atchison will be the site of an extremely rare occurrence, a total solar eclipse. People will come from all over the world to view it. Sophia is planning a very special retreat in conjunction with the event. Aileen A. O’Donoghue, Priest Associate Professor of Physics at St. Lawrence University and former observer at the Vatican Observatory, will lead us in a retreat entitled "The Cosmos Within: An Eclipse Retreat". The nature and history of the universe will be a vehicle for seeking the presence and creative action of God in the far reaches of time and space as well as within ourselves and all that surrounds us. Incorporating theological ideas of Teilhard de Chardin, Sally McFaggue, Beatrice Bruteau, and others we will explore the origin and evolution of the universe in the Ignatian spirit of finding God in all things.

We’re still finalizing details but, plans at this point include:

•Opening conference on Friday, August 18, at 7:00 p.m.: Gift of Darkness

•Opportunities for prayers and Eucharist with the monastic community

•Conferences and Activities on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - 

  • Gift of Darkness
  • Forces of Creation
  • Starlight and Grace
  • Substance and Ourselves
  • Beneath the Surface
  • Gravity, Eclipses and God Within
  • Constellation viewing after dark
  • Monday lunch on the lawn, weather permitting
  • Viewing of total eclipse, followed by Closing Prayer
  • Opportunities to participate in "After the Eclipse events" at Benedictine College
  • Music celebrating the Cosmos

Fees include: all conferences and planned activities, room and meals. There will be opportunity for prayers/Eucharist with the Mount St. Scholastica community.

The number of participants is limited.

Deposit $50 – full payment by August 1    Register online.  

We will have a waiting list but will not find beds/rooms for those not staying at Sophia

Full retreat with private room: $450.00 – limited number of rooms available

Full retreat with shared room: $350 – limited number of rooms available

Full retreat for commuters (no room provided) $250.00 

Monday will be open to the public and will include prayer, a talk, lunch, and viewing from the Mount grounds. Watch for more details.

Partial scholarships available. Inquire at Sophia@mountosb.org

Aileen O'Donoghue, an award-winning astronomer, is Associate Professor of Physics at St Lawrence University, New York, USA. A regular guest on National Public Radio, Dr O'Donoghue and her work have been featured in national periodicals. She writes for Living Faith and gives retreats and workshops across the country.

 


Saturday, September 9 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A Getaway for Self-Renewal   

Linda Zahner, OSB

Take care of yourself, so you can be there for others in your life. Self care is not a luxury, but is vital to your health and well-being. The day will include a guided group meditation period and your choice of one 30 minute bodywork services: massage, reflexology, contemplative healing touch or spiritual direction.
Bring a Bible and, if you wish, a journal.  Limited to 5 participants.

Fee: $65, lunch included.  (Deposit: $35)  
Register by September 1.    Register online.

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB, M.A., is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner as well as a certified licensed massage therapist. She also serves as a spiritual director, with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program.

Make this an overnight retreat with time to prepare or time to reflect. Come a day early or stay overnight after the retreat. Join the sisters for prayer and/or Eucharist. Spend time in one of our beautiful chapels. Read in one of our two libraries.

The cost of an overnight stay is $50 for a private room. Enjoy a meal in the monastery dining room. (The noon meal is $9.00, the evening meal is $7.00 and breakfast is $5.00. Be sure to indicate if you wish to stay overnight or enjoy a meal with the sisters.)

 

September 22-24 | Friday, 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, 4:00 p.m.

The Dream and the Journey

This retreat will provide you an intense opportunity to relate to the wisdom and grace found in one's dreams. Special attention will be given to learning to do personal dream work and also to understanding the role of prayer in dream work. Group work and individual guidance will be offered.

Limited to 10 participants.

Fee: $225  ($45 deposit)      Register by September 12.   Register online.   

Sister Therese Elias, OSB, M.A., of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, is a retreat director, spiritual advisor and lecturer with specialties in Benedictine spirituality, the mystics, contemplative prayer and Celtic spirituality. She has led numerous pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

 

 

October 6-8 |  Friday, 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, 1:00 p.m.  

LifeSHIFT: Work and the Christian Journey

Tom Bachhuber

Life is about facing and managing change: career, personal, family, spiritual. This retreat is an opportunity to reflect on your life and your faith, exploring avenues for new opportunities. You will engage practical career transition content, poetry, and prayer which will allow you to begin clarifying vocational needs and goals. We all need a vision for our gifts and language to describe our career/life objectives to ourselves and others. LifeSHIFT will include a variety of activities including discussion, personal writing, film, music, reflective solitude, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and one-to-one consultation. Each participant will set goals and develop resources for change, while experiencing imaginative ways to know God's presence on the journey. See www.centerforlifetransitions.net.

Fee: $240 (single room)    $210 (per person, double). (Deposit: $50)

Register on line.

Tom Bachhuber, Ph.D., is executive director of the Center for Life Transitions, Inc. He has extensive experience in career transition work in an academic setting and also in providing training, research and recruitment strategies to many major corporations. An elder at North Branch Reformed Church in North Branch, New Jersey, he has designed and led adult education and prayer initiatives and worked with faith-based groups in addition to his corporate experience.


Saturday, October 28 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Confessions of Saint Augustine

Sheila Carroll, OSB

Augustine is recognized as being the Prince of Mystics and the Father of Western Mysticism. He is a favorite of Evelyn Underhill, mystic, author and scholar, who often refers to his autobiography, The Confessions of Saint Augustine. His spirituality is known through his confessions. This retreat will focus on his three mystical experiences and will include talks, guided prayer experiences, a video, and time for silent listening prayer. We will share during our refreshment break. Come and spend the day with us at Sophia Center.

Fee: $55  ($10 deposit)
Register by October 18.   Register online.   

Sister Sheila Carroll, OSB, D.Min., a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, serves on the Sophia staff and as a spiritual director. She draws on her graduate studies of mysticism and prayer to give retreats and talks on the mystics.


 DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED | 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

MINISTERING TO BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT

Linda Zahner, OSB

This workshop is for everyone interested in learning how to use the brilliance and wisdom of the body's energies for wellness and wholeness. Come and learn how to unlock the secrets of this medicine that is a vital key to health, vitality, and well-being. When your energies are vibrant, so are you, in body, mind and spirit.

Fee: $40 ($10 deposit)   Register on line. 

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB, M.A., is a certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner as well as a certified licensed massage therapist. She also serves as a spiritual director, with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program. 


 

 


 

 

NOTE for all offerings: Fees include cost of workshop, housing and all meals occurring during the duration of the workshop. If overnight space is available, retreatants may arrange to arrive earlier or stay later.

Participants of all denominations are welcome to attend liturgy with the monastic community. Those attending Saturday workshops that begin at 9:00 a.m. are welcome to join the monastic community for morning prayer at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive at the chapel by 8:15 a.m.

Scholarships

To request an application form for a scholarship to attend the retreats or programs we sponsor, write or call Carol Ann Petersen, OSB, Director, at 913-360-6173

E-mail your request to
sophia at mountosb.org.

Donations for scholarships will be gratefully accepted. Cash and checks made payable to Sophia Center Scholarship Fund are always welcome.

Sophia Center Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates are available for a family member, friend, associate to participate in a program(s), to receive a massage, or to come away and rest for awhile.

 Retreatants at Sophia Center

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS

Sister Marie Ballmann, OSB, M.A., a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, serves as a spiritual director and leader of both private and group retreats and workshops. For many years, she was a leader of Retreat in Daily Life programs.   

Sister Sheila Carroll, OSB, D.Min., a member of the Sophia staff and spiritual director, has taught high school and college, and served as campus minister. She draws on her graduate studies of mysticism and prayer to give retreats and talks on the mystics.

Sister Evelyn Gregory, OSB, M.A., serves on the staff of the Souljourners spiritual direction formation program. A former director of initial formation for Mount St. Scholastica, she studied theology at Aquinas Institute and has a master’s degree in Christian spirituality with certification as a spiritual director.    

Sister Bernelda Nanneman, OSB, M.A., is an adjunct spiritual director for Sophia Center having received her spiritual direction certificate from Creighton University. With clinical pastoral certification, she has served as a health care chaplain and is currently a hospice chaplain for the Atchison area.  

Sister Micaela Randolph, OSB, M.A., staff member of Sophia Center and director of the Souljourners’ program, is a spiritual director and retreat leader. She has served in parish ministry and as director of initial formation for Mount St. Scholastica.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB, M.A., serves on the staff of Sophia Center and works in the Souljourner’s program. She holds a degree in Christian spirituality with certification in spiritual direction from Creighton University.

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB, M.A., is a member of the Benedictine sisters of Mount St. Scholastica. She is a spiritual director, with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program. She is also a certified licensed massage therapist. 

Sister Marcia Ziska, OSB, M.A., Associate Director of Sophia Center, is a certified hospital chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, is a certified spiritual director, and holds a professional certificate in spiritual gerontology from the Johnson Institute.
 

Quiet retreat at Sophia Center 


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