Scheduled Retreats and Workshops

 roses at Sophia Center

Sophia Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica. All retreats and workshops 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 (913.360.6173) 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

  

The total solar eclipse, taking place on Monday, August 21, may be viewed from the Mount. If you are interested in witnessing this event with us, we ask that you RSVP no later than 20 July. Lunch on the lawn (weather permitting) and special glasses for viewing the eclipse will be provided. No fee will be charged, but donations are welcome. 


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 

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, non-refundable)        Register on line.  


Wednesday, July 26 

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.)

 


Tuesday, August 8 | 4:00 p.m. - Sunday, August 13 | 1:30 p.m.

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, non-refundable)
Register by July 29.     Register online.   


Wednesday, August 9 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Souljourners Inquiry

Want to know more about Souljourners and training to become a spiritual director?

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.

Contact Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB, 913-360-6159, for more information or 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: $70, lunch included.  (Deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by August 6.    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.

 

 

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

Retreat - Eclipses, Einstein and the Fabric of Our Souls

One bedroom just became available, still registering commuters

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, non-refundable). Full payment by August 1.
Register online.  

We will keep 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 friends of the Mount and Sophia at no charge although donations will be accepted. The day will include prayer, a talk - Eclipses, Einstein and the Fabric of Our Souls, lunch, and viewing from the Mount grounds. Be sure to bring a lawn chair. We'll provide special glasses for watching the eclipse. In order to have enough food and glasses, we ask that you RSVP to eclipse@mountosb.org,  no later than 20 July.  

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.

 

Sophia Center will be closed August 22 to September 5.



Thursday,Sept. 7 | 10:30 a.m.

Bridges for Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton 

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.  

 

Saturday, September 9 | 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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 Lunch is NOT included but snacks will be provided.  (Deposit: $10, non-refundable)  
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.

 

Thursday, Sept. 14 | 10:30 

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. 


Sunday, September 17 | 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.   RESUMING

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.

 

Wednesday, September 20

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, Sept. 21 | 10:30 a.m.

Bridges for Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton 

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.  


September 21-24 | Thursday, 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, 1:00 p.m. 

Benedictine Work, Prayer and Study with Pope Francis on Care for our Common Home  (Laudato Si)

Join the Mount sisters in a labor of love - and balance work, prayer, study, and rest - as we continue the rewarding task for caring for our little piece of the planet. Mornings will be spent helping to care for our moastery grounds. Guests will gain first-hand knowledge of our efforts to sustain creation through environmentally friendly practices. Afternoons will include time for reflection and study of Laudato Si, the encyclical by Pope Francis that calls all of us to care for our common home. The day's activities will include time for rest, prayer, leisure. 

Schedule: Morning praise, Eucharist followed by work, dinner, midday praise, class, followed by reading, resting,  private prayer (or as you choose). Evening praise, supper and free time.

Limited to 6 participants. Must be able to do manual labor.

Fee: $175, includes room and meals.  ($40 deposit, non-refundable)     Register by September 12. Register online.        Scholarships available. 



 

September 22 - 24 | Friday, 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, 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: $240, includes materials (Deposit: $50, non-refundable)  
Register by September 15.    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. 


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

FILLED. WAITING LIST IN CASE OF CANCELLATION

Therese Elias, OSB

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, non-refundable)      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.   


Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 6:45 p.m.

Book Discussion 

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

" A Man Called Ove" by Fredik Backman

Register online.   


Thursday, Sept. 28 | 10:30 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. 


 


Tuesday, October 3 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

AN INSTANT OUT of ETERNITY: Photography as Contemplative Practice

Kathleen England

Photography, as an act of attention to an aspect of creation, can become a contemplative practice that teaches us to "pray with our eyes" (DeWitt Jones, Outdoor photography 2012). During our time together, we will make connections between photography and spiritual practice through examples, discussion and experience. Bring whatever camera you generally use - phone to DSLR. Be prepared to spend some time outside, weather permitting. This is NOT a class on photographic technique, but an opportunity to explore awareness, connection and contemplation in relation to photography.


Fee: $45  ($10 deposit, non-refundable)      Register by September 22. Register online.   


Kathleen England is a frequent participant in Sophia Center offerings. This is her first time as a presenter at Sophia Center though she has presented frequently at mental health conferences. She is a retired counselor, where she specialized in working with children and families. Photography is a hobby and a passion. She has been taking pictures since she was seven years old and using her first 1955 Kodak Brownie camera. Photography makes her aware of the manifestation of God all around us. Kathy seeks to share her desire to be in God's presence through her attentiveness to beauty and creation.  



Thursday, Oct. 5 | 10:30 a.m.

Bridges for Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton 

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.  

 

 

October 6-8 | Friday to Sunday     waiting list only

SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT

Sophia and Mount Spiritual Directors

This is a time to spend one or two days in quiet time with God and to meet with a spiritual director.

Fee: $175 for two nights, $125 for one night

Register by September 23.     Register on line.



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, non-refundable)

Register by September 23.     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.


Tuesday, October 10

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, Oct. 12 | 10:30 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. 


Tuesday, October 17 | 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: $70, lunch included.  (Deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by October 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.

 

Wednesday, October 18 | 9:00 a.m. - performance at 7:15 p.m.

Growing Old with Grace and Gumption

A threatre workshop/retreat - Limited to 15 participants
(appropriate for all ages; no previous experience needed)

Debra Campbell, in partnership with Arts & AGEing KC, Inc.

Theatre is a powerful vehicle for telling stories. It allows us to give voice to our greatest joys and sorrows, hopes and fears. This workshop/retreat will allow participants to celebrate the aging process as they reveal themselves (as much as they want) to others and thus give voice to the lived experiences of real people traveling their journey in faith while searching for wholeness and connection with God and one another. The day will culminate in a sharing of the day's work at 7:15 p.m. Family, friends and the sisters of Mount St. Scholastica will be invited to the performance. 

Fee: $125.00 (full and partial scholarships available), fee icludes dinner and supper.  (Deposit: $35, non-refundable)   Register by: September 29. Register on line. 

Deb Campbell is the founder and executive director of Art & AGEing KC, Inc. She has over thirty-five years combined experience in social gerontolgy, aging services, and theatre education. Debra has been designing, piloting and implementing creative aging programs with diverse older audiences since 2008. Two plays, Seven Stages, Seven stories, inspired by life stories of caregivers, and Dancing with Crow's Feet, inspired by narratives of older women, received "Best of Show" recognition in Kansas City Fringe Festivals. She has also volunteered at Keeler Women's Center where she produced Vase of Fresh Flowers. Deb is a proud graduate of Benedictine College and is an adjunct instructor in the Sociology Department.


Thursday, Oct. 19 | 10:30 a.m.

Bridges for Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton 

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, October 26 |1:00 - 4:00 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  (Deposit: $10, non-refundable)
 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, Oct. 26 | 10:30 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. 


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

MYSTIC OF THE WORLD SPEAKS TO US TODAY: 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, non-refundable)
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.   



Saturday, October 28 | 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

New Hope for Depression    

Sharon Highberger, chaplain, grief counselor, spiritual director and author, shares an inspired pathway out of clinical. 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. (Non-refundable deposit $15)
Register by October 18.     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.


Tuesday, Oct. 31 | 6:45 p.m.

Book Discussion 

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

" Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson

Register online.   

 

 

Thursday, Nov. 2 | 10:30 a.m.

Bridges for Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton 

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, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visio Divina, Praying with Art 

Judith Sutera, OSB

Fee: $65, includes lunch. (Non-refundable deposit $10)
Register by October 18.     Register on line. 

Sister Judith Sutera, 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, Lent and Easter Wisdom from Saint Benedict, The Vinedresser's Notebook, and other works.


Thursday, November 9

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, Nov. 9 | 10:30 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. 


Saturday, November 11 | 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: $70, lunch included.  (Deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by November 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.



Wednesday, November 15 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Praying on Paper

Special Thanksgiving retreat based on the book Praying With Color by Sybil MacBeth 

Gerry Lantagne

When Sybil MacBeth's book was published in 2007, the idea of melding prayer and doodling was unusual and innovative.

This workshop introduces a way to pray that is meditative, active, visual, serious and playful. Doodling with pen, markers and paper, participants will learn this practice by praying for others, delving into a passage of Scripture and addressing the daily stresses of life and work. Praying is for the word-weary, the antsy or distracted pray-er.  No artistic ability necessary! 

Fee: $65, lunch included.  (Deposit: $20, non-refundable)  
Register by November 1.    Register online.

Gerry Lantagne is a retired graphic artist living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has presented this type of workshop numerous times in the area. She is an oblate of Mount St. Scholastica and attends the oblate meetings with the group in Oklahoma.  


Thursday, Nov. 16 | 10:30 a.m.

Bridges for Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton 

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.  


Tuesday, November 21

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, Nov. 28 | 6:45 p.m.

Book Discussion 

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

"Drowning Ruth" by Christina Schwarz

Register online.   


Thursday, Nov. 30 | 10:30 a.m.

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Mount St. Scholastica, 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. 




Friday, December 1

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.)

 

December 1 - 2 | Friday, 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, 4 p.m. 

"Give yourself an early Christmas present"

TAPPING INTO WONDER: Stories and Poems to Help Us Live Like Mystics

Judith Valente

Fee: $155, room and meals included.  (Deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by November 15.    Register online.

Judith Valente, an oblate of Mount St. Scholastica, is an award-winning author, journalist, and poet. She has been an on-air correspondent for PBS-TV since 1998. Her PBS reports have appeared on the national news programs, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly and The PBS NewsHour. She is also currently the senior correspondent and producer for WGLT Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate in Normal, Ill. where she resides. She writes a regular column from the Midwest for the national Catholic magazine, America.


Thursday, Dec. 7 | 10:30 a.m.

Bridges for Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton 

Mount St. Scholastica, 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, December 7

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.)

 

December 8-10 | Friday to Sunday  

SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT

Sophia and Mount Spiritual Directors

This is a time to spend one or two days in quiet time with God and to meet with a spiritual director.

Fee: $175 for two nights, $125 for one night

Register by November 23.     Register on line.

 

Tuesday, December 12

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.)

 

Thursday, Dec. 14 | 10:30 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. 

 

 

2018

Wednesday, January, 17

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.)

 

Tuesday, January 23 | 9:30 am to 3:00 p.m.

A JOURNAL FOR THE JOURNEY

S. Thomasita Homan, OSB

Would you like to try different approaches for your own private journaling? Come and spend a day learning reflective methods of journaling based on Scripture, the Rule of Benedict, and life experiences. You don't need to be a proficient writer. Personal writings are shared only if the writer chooses to do so.

Please bring a notebook or journal and pen. You may also bring Scripture and the Rule of Benedict; although handouts will be provided if you do not have these.

Fee: $65 (deposit: $15, non-refundable)
Register by Janaury 15.      Register on line.   

Sister Thomasita 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.


Four-part Series - January to April | 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

DISCOURSE, DESSERT, AND THE DOCTORS 

Jusith Sutera, OSB

January 28 - Hildegarde, February 18 - Catherine of Siena, March 18 - Teresa of Avila, April 15 - Therese of Lisieux

Come for one or all four.  Fee: Donation  Register on line.    

 


 Wednesday, February 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.)

 

Tuesday, February 20 

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.)

 

Wednesday, February 28  

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.)

 

 

Thursday, March 8 

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.)

 

March 9-11

CENTERING PRAYER SILENT RETREAT

 “We are invited to be God’s intimate companions and sharers of the divine nature.  The issue is whether we’ll consent.  That’s all we have to do, ultimately---allow ourselves to be loved unconditionally, and so be empowered to meet the real needs of everyone in the human family, past, present and to come”   Father Thomas Keating

Join us for a soulfully rich weekend of silent consent to the presence and activity of God in the deepest center of your being.  This silent retreat will be supported by several periods of centering prayer along with ample times for walking, reading, journaling, rest, and participation in the prayers of the Monastic community of Mount Saint Scholastica.  

This retreat is open to people with experience of centering prayer as well as those new to this prayer method.  An introductory overview of centering prayer will be offered at the beginning of the retreat.

This retreat is being offered in partnership with Contemplative Outreach of Kansas City.  Retreat Facilitators will be Rev. Dr. Dennie Oades and Rev. Rob Carr.  

Fee: $265 (Deposit: non-refundable $45)  
Register by Febraury 28.    Register on line. 

 

Wednesday, 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.)

 

March 29-31 | Thurs. 3:30 p.m. - Sun. 1:00 p.m.

HOLY WEEK/TRIDUUM RETREAT

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

Limit: 8   Fee: $195 (Deposit: non-refundable $50)   Register on line.  



Wednesday, April 9 

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.)

 

Thursday, April 19  

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.)  

 

 

Wednesday, May 2

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.)  

 

Wednesday, May 9 | 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.    

MARY: Magnificat and Hail Mary 

Thomasita Homan, OSB

Come celebrate May, the traditional month of Mary. We will begin by reflecting on Mary's life as given us in Scripture. We will also explore works of art and music of Marian subjects, concentrating especially on The Magnificat and the Hail Mary, prayers treasured by generations. 

 Fee: $65 (deposit: $15, non-refundable)

Register by April 27.      Register on line.   

Sister Thomasita 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.


Tuesday, May 15 | 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 20 | 3:00 p.m.

PRAYER: Finding God in the Ordinary and the Amazing 

Melannie Svoboda, SND

This will be a preached, silent retreat with opportunities for sharing, quiet conversation, daily liturgy and private prayer.

Based on her book, Everyday Epiphanies, Sister Melannie's retreat gently explores some of the ordinary and amazing ways God breaks into our everyday lives through such things as: the wonder of creation, friendship, news headlines, compassion, pain, sorrow, joy, love and, of course, prayer. Using scripture, music, videos, poetry, and humor, Melannie will facilitate our week of entering more deeply into the Mystery of God who is seeking us more than we can imagine 

Cost: $425.00  (includes room and meals)   (Deposit: $35, non-refundable)
Register by May 1.   Register on line. 

Melannie Svoboda, a Sister of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio for 52 years, received a Master in English from Indiana University and a Masters in Spirituality from Duquesne University. She has served as a high school and college teacher, novice director, and provincial of her congregation. She also ministered in the Jesuit novitiate in Detroit for six years. Currently, she gives talks and facilitates retreats nationally. A free-lance writer, Sister Melannie is the author of numerous articles and thirteen books including Traits of a Healthy Spirituality, When the Rain Speaks, Everyday Epiphanies, When the Blue Heron Flies, and The Lord Is My Shepherd. Her favorite pastimes include walking, listening to music, reading, working crossword puzzles and sudokus, and cheering for her beloved Cleveland sports teams.  

 

Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15

OBLATE INSTITUTE  

Judy Valente

SAVE THE DATE  

 

2019

SAVE THE DATE

S. Maureen Conroy  - March 22-24

 

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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751 South 8th St.
Atchison, KS 66002