Scheduled Retreats and Workshops

individual retreat

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. Enjoy a private room with meals in the monastery. Join the sisters for prayer and/or Eucharist. Spend time in one of our beautiful chapels. Walk our grounds if weather permits. Read in one of our two libraries.

 

Just Bee Hermitage

The Just Bee Hermitage at Sophia Center offers hospitality to adults of any faith who are seeking quiet time with God. It is situated on the northwest corner of our property. The house is set apart from our other buildings to encourage a time of silence and prayer.

Go to the Individual Retreat page for more information. 


2019

 

Tuesday, March 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 bring a lunch and spend the day. We'll have the coffee on for you. Spend time in silence; walk our beautiful grounds Visit 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 online.   


Tuesdays, March 26 - May 14  | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

WEEKLY GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Sister Susan Holmes, OSB

Anyone who has experienced a loss either recently or in the past is welcome to attend a new grief/bereavement support group at Sophia Center. The group is coordinated by Sr. Susan Holmes, OSB, who has been a hospice bereavement coordinator for more than 16 years. The group will meet on the six Thursdays in October and November, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

For more information or to register, call Sr. Susan Holmes at 913-360-6173. Free-will offering.

Susan Holmes, OSB is the associate director of Sophia Center. She has an M.A. in pastoral theology from the University of Dayton, a certificate in spiritual direction from Souljourners, and is a certified chaplain in the National Association of Catholc Chaplains and served as a hospice chaplain.


Last Tuesdays of the month | 6:45 p.m. at Mount St. Scholastica

BOOK DISCUSSION 

March 26, "La Rose" by Erdrickson

April 30, "Beartown" by Bachman

Registration required.    Register online.     Free-will offering.

Sisters Sheila Carroll and Gabrielle Kocour are members of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and serve as adjunct staff for Sophia Spirituality Center. Sister Sheila is also a spiritual director.  Sessions are held at Mount St. Scholastica, 801 South 8th Street, Atchison. 


Thursday, March 28  | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Mount St. Scholastica

LECTIO WITH THE SUNDAY SCRIPTURES

Share in the traditional monastic practice of guided reading, listening, reflecting and responding to the Word of God in the Scriptures. Sessions are held at Mount St. Scholastica, 801 South 8th Street, Atchison, with Sisters Gabrielle Kocour and Sheila Carroll, OSB.

Registration required.    Register online.     Free-will offering.

Other dates: April 11 and 25, May 9

Sisters Sheila and Gabrielle are members of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and serve  as adjunct staff for Sophia Center. S. Sheila is also a spiritual director. 

 

Sunday, March 31 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

LENTEN RETREAT FOR CATHOLIC WOMEN

Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min

The day begins with Mass with the sisters of Mount St. Scholastica. Our retreat time will focus on how we can be instruments of compassion and forgiveness in our hurting world.

Register by March 24.    Register online.     Free-will offering.

Mary Kay Whitacre has served in pastoral ministry in the Catholic Church for over forty years and completed her Doctor of Ministry degree from Seattle University in 2017. She currently is full-time on the staff of the Sophia Center; is the assistant director of  Souljourners, Spiritual Direction Formation Program, and ministers as a spiritual director. Mary Kay is a wife of over forty years; a mother of two adult, married children; and the proud grandmother of two of the most adorable grandchildren ever.



Wednesday, April 3 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

COFFEE and SILENCE WITH SHARED LECTIO

Give yourself the gift of a quiet day with the opportunity to share lectio with others. Spend time in an awareness of God's love facilitated by the experience of Lectio - that is a prayerful, personal encounter with the Living God. Bring a sack lunch and enrich your Lenten experience with meditation and prayer. Coffee, tea and cookies provided.

Suggested donation: $20.00. Reservations required.     Register online.   
Lectio facilitated by Sister Micaela Randolph, OSB

Sister Micaela is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica. She is a staff member of Sophia Spirituality Center and of the Souljourner's program, a spiritual director and retreat leader.  


Friday, April 5 (arrive between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.) - Saturday, April 6 | 4:00 p.m.

SILENT RETREAT  - Waiting list

Give yourself the gift of quiet time with God. Spend Friday night and Saturday in prayer and silence. 

Fee: $75 for private room and meals.  (deposit: $20, non-refundable)  

Register by March 30.    Register online.


Saturday, April 6 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

GETAWAY FOR SELF-RENEWAL - Lenten Theme in Preparation for Holy Week - Waiting list

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB

Take care of yourself, so you can be there for others in your life. Self-care is not a luxury; it 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 service: massage, reflexology, contemplative healing touch or spiritual direction. Bring a Bible and, if you wish, a journal.  Limited to 5 participants.

Fee: $75, lunch included.  (deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
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 9 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

SOULJOURNERS INQUIRY SESSIONS

Souljourners is a three-year spiritual formation program for the training of spiritual directors. If you are experiencing a call to spiritual renewal and at the same time wanting to learn the skills of discernment and deep listening... to God, yourself, and to others, we invite you to one of the following sessions. There will be time for prayer and reflection on your call, an introduction to the Souljourners program, an explanation of a spiritual direction session, and time for questions and answers.

Next Session:  Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Register online.     RSVP: Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger (913-360-6159)


Thursday, April 11 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

PRAYING WITH THE SYMBOLS OF HOLY WEEK

Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min.

Holy Week, our most sacred time of the church year is layered with rich symbolism. Take some time to unpack the meaning and encounter these symbols fully, so you can immerse yourself in the experience of Holy Week in a deeper way this year. This retreat is planned with pastors and parish workers in mind but is appropriate for any Christian seeking to celebrate Holy Week and Easter more fully.

Fee: $25 includes lunch.  (No deposit needed.)
Register by April 9.      Register online.

Mary Kay Whitacre is the assistant director of the Souljourners program. She has worked in pastoral ministry in the Catholic Church for 35 years.  Mary Kay received an MA from Seattle University and her undergraduate degree from Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri.  A 2005 graduate of Souljourners, Mary Kay received her spiritual direction certificate.  She has been in a life-giving marriage for over 30 years and is a proud mother of two independent young adults.  As a practicing spiritual director and supervisor, she is personally cultivating a spirituality for the second half of life.


Tuesday, April 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 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 online.   



Thursday, April 18 | 3:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 21 | 1:00 p.m.

TRIDUUM RETREAT

Spend the Triduum immersed in the beautiful liturgies and profound silence of the monastery which then culminate in the joyous celebration of Easter. The retreat begins with an orientation before the monastic Holy Thursday banquet, continues through the powerful liturgies of the footwashing and Mass of the Lord's supper; the moving rituals of Good Friday, and a full celebration of the Easter Vigil, and ends with the Easter Eucharist and festive dinner.

Fee: $175.00 for private room and meals.  (Non-refundable deposit $50)

Register by April 11.      Register online.


Tuesday, April 23 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

PHOTOGRAPHY AS CONTEMPLATION: contemplative seeing, contemplative walking and photography - Cancelled- Rescheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, (and another scheduled for overnight with full moon/sunset/sunrise 4:00 pm, Monday, October 14, - 3:30 pm.Tuesday, October 15) 

Kathleen England

Where do we notice the presence of God? This day will include discussion of photography as a spiritual practice and of the symbols and images that remind us of God's presence.


Bring the camera you generally use - phone to DSLR. This is not a class on technique, but an opportunity to explore awareness, connection and contemplation in photography.

Fee: $60 includes lunch.  (non-refundable $20 deposit)    Register by April 17.      Register online.

Kathleen England is a retired counselor who specialized in working with children and families. Photography is a hobby and a passion. It makes her aware of the manifestation of God all around us and she seeks to shsre her desire to be in God's presence through her attentiveness to beauty and creation.


Wednesday, April 24 | 10:00 a. m. - 3:30p.m.

SEEKING GOD WITH EMILY DICKINSON

Renee Neff-Clark

Like many of us today, Emily Dickinson struggled with who God was and what God had to do with her life. Come spend the day with Emily Dickinson, learning about her home life, the culture and religious milieu in which she lived all of which helped to shape her poems and understanding and experience of God. We'll experience Dickinson's poems, reflecting on them, discussing them and praying with them. Time will be spent with others in nature, silence, prayer and lectio, reflection, discussion, lecture and learning.

Fee: $60.00 includes lunch.  (Non-refundable deposit $20)

Register by April 17.      Register online.

Renee has been a lover of all types of literature since she learned to read. Her first job in high school was working in her city's public library. She has a degree in Religious Studies fom the University of Kansas where she began to examine all forms of the written word, as well as looking at women's lives through the lens of sociology, women's studies, art, theology and literature.

 

 

Saturday, May 11 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

GETAWAY FOR SELF-RENEWAL - Waiting list only

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB

Take care of yourself, so you can be there for others in your life. Self-care is not a luxury; it 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 service: massage, reflexology, contemplative healing touch or spiritual direction. Bring a Bible and, if you wish, a journal.  Limited to 5 participants.

Fee: $75, lunch included.  (deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
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. 


Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

SOULJOURNERS INQUIRY SESSIONS

Souljourners is a three-year spiritual formation program for the training of spiritual directors. If you are experiencing a call to spiritual renewal and at the same time wanting to learn the skills of discernment and deep listening... to God, yourself, and to others, we invite you to one of the following sessions. There will be time for prayer and reflection on your call, an introduction to the Souljourners program, an explanation of a spiritual direction session, and time for questions and answers.

Register online.     RSVP: Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger (913-360-6159)


Friday, June 7 | 4:00 p.m. - Saturday, June 8 | 5:00 p.m.

BEGINNING THE JOURNEY: A Retreat for Adult Followers of the Spiritual Path of AA's Steps and Traditions

Facilitated by Tom B., a grateful recovering addict

An overnight retreat for adults using the AA path of recovery. A time to share our experience, strength, and hope with each other. The focus will be on the first 3 steps of the 12 step program.

Fee: $125, includes a private room, meals and retreat.
Scholarships available. Inquire when you register.

Register by May 21.    Register online.


Friday, June 14 |7:00 p.m. - Saturday, June 15 | 3:30 p.m.

FINDING THE SACRED IN DEPRESSION

Sharon Highberger

Sharon Highberger 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.

For 18 years and older

Fee: $140 includes private room and meals.  (deposit: $30, non-refundable)   
Register by June 7.    Register online.   

Sharon Highberger is a chaplain, grief counselor, spiritual director, author, and Benedictine oblate of Mount St. Scholastica.



Thursday, July 11 | 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 14 | after lunch

12TH OBLATE INSTITUTE  8 bedrooms remaining

Pray, connect with oblates from across the country, and gather wisdom to share with others at the only institute designed exclusively for Benedictine oblates. This annual event offers oblates an opportunity for ongoing formation within a framework of monastic prayer and personal reflection.

Sister Judith Sutera, OSB

HUMILITY

The virtue of humility, and some of St. Benedict's teachings on it, seem to be at odds with contemporary ideas about self-esteem and self-fulfillment. Sister Judith Sutera blends her background in social sciences and monastic theology to explore many facets of this core Benedictine value and the challenges to its healthy expression in our times.

Fee: $325. includes institute, meals and a single room; $250 each for a double room; $200, commuter. Those who register late will be put on a waiting list for rooms at Sophia. You will need to make your own arrangements at a local motel.

(Deposit: $75, non-refundable)

Register online. 

Sister Judith Sutera, OSB, is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica with degrees in counseling and in monastic history. She is a writer, speaker and retreat director. She edits Magistra and is the author of several books and other works.

 

Wednesday,July 17 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOOK TO THE SAINTS AND ANGELS FOR INSPIRATION 

Mary Donovan

This workshop offers an opportunity to explore a meditative form of prayer through the making of sacred art. Using the language and tradition of the Christian art of icons, participants will create a small illuminated painting on a panel to take home. Materials will be distributed during the class. Panels will be gilded with gold leaf and painted with acrylic paint, using spiritual deepening as the guiding force.

Suggested donation of $60, includes materials and lunch.

Register by July 10.    Register online.

Mary Donovan is an Episcopal seminarian at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka, Kansas and a graduate of the spiritual direction program, Souljourners offered at Sophia Center. She recently made oblation to Mount St. Scholastica Monastery. Prior to her move to Kansas four years ago, Mary served as a  teacher and administrator in the New York City public school system.


Thursday, July 18 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR SPIRITUAL DIRECTION SESSION

Sister Micaela Randolph, OSB

There are times in life when spiritual direction is helpful to an individual seeking a closer relationship with God. Whether you are new to the spiritual practice or have been meeting with a director for many years Sister Micaela will give tips on how to prepare for your session and how to make the most of your experience. The day will also offer time for reflection and private prayer.

Suggested donation: $40.00, includes lunch.  Registration required.  Please register no later than July 11.   Register online. 

Sister Micaela is a memberr of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica.She is a staff member of Sophia Spirituality Center and of the Souljourner's program, a spiritual director and retreat leader.  

 

 

Tuesday, August 6 | 4 p.m. - Sunday, August 11 | 1:00 p.m.

SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT

Sophia Staff

Get away from the noise and busyness of everyday life. Spend time with God in personal prayer, meet daily with a spiritual director, and if you wish, join others for daily centering prayer and group sharing of scripture. The quiet of a monastic setting gives you time to listen to the deep desires of your heart.  

Fee: $395 private room, meals, and direction. ($50 non-refundable deposit)  Please register no later than July 28.      Register online.     

 

Friday, August 16 | 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, August 18 |1:00 p.m.

WHERE THREE PATHS MEET

Norma Roberts

This retreat has been crafted to be a time for discovering, exploring and enjoying the Celtic, Benedictine, and Franciscan traditions through the lens of Benedict, Patrick, Pelagius, Francis and Clare. Participants will will have the opportunity to become acquainted with these ancient traditions through reflection on the places where they intersect and where they depart from one another.

Activities will be grounded in worship and scripture, group sharing, visual presentations, Lectio Divina and artistic exercises.

Fee: $250 private room and meals; $175 commuters.
(Deposit: $50, non-refundable)

Register by August 6.         Register online. 

Norma is a Benedictine Oblate who discovered Benedictine and Celtic spirituality while studying at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Her interest in the elemental and heart-centered practice of her Christian faith led her to Saint Francis. "All three invite us to begin to erase the lines between sacred and secular, recognizing there is really only sacred."



Friday, September 6 |7:00 p.m.- Sunday, September 8 | 4:00 p.m.  

THE DREAM AND THE JOURNEY: A Dream Retreat

Sister Therese Elias, OSB

This retreat will provide 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, so there is a limit of 10 participants.

Fee: $260 private room and meals ($50 non-refundable deposit)   Register by August 28.       Register online.  

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



September 13 - 14 |   7:00 p.m.- Friday - 4:00 p.m.  Saturday

BECOMING AN EVERYDAY CONTEMPLATIVE

Judith Valente

Living a more contemplative life is possible for all of us. But how to do that? We will explore what writers, poets, spiritual thinkers and seekers throughout the centuries from John Cassian to Mary Oliver, Thomas Merton to Annie Dillard, among others, can teach us about living more intentionally. Through individual reflection and discussion in small groups, we will each leave with a new vision for our lives as "everyday contemplatives."

Fee: $150 private room and meals.  (Deposit: $35, non-refundable)

Register by September 6.     Register online. 

 

Friday, September 27 | 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, September 29 | 1:00 p.m.

CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT

Rev. Rob Carr & Rev. Dennie Oades (Contemplative Outreach of Kansas City)

Join us for a soulfully rich weekend of silent consent to the presence and activity of God in the deepest center of your being. There will be periods of centering prayer along with ample times for walking, reading, journaling, resting and participating in the monastic liturgies. This retreat is open to people with experience of centering prayer as well as those new to the method.

Fee: $235 private room and meals.  ($50 non-refundable deposit)  Please register no later than September 20.    Register online. 

Rev. Rob Carr is a trained and commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer workshops and has been practicing Centering Prayer for 20 years. Rob has previously coordinated COKC for many years and is still serving in the Circle of Service Advisory Board.

Rev. Dr. Dennie Oades serves COKC as a Circle of Service member and as a trained and commissioned presenter of workshops on Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer, and Centering Prayer as an 11th Step Practice.     

 

Friday, November 1 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOOK TO THE SAINTS AND ANGELS FOR INSPIRATION 

Mary Donovan

This workshop offers an opportunity to explore a meditative form of prayer through the making of sacred art. Using the language and tradition of the Christian art of icons, participants will create a small illuminated painting on a panel to take home. Materials will be distributed during the class. Panels will be gilded with gold leaf and painted with acrylic paint, using spiritual deepening as the guiding force.

Suggested donation of $60, includes materials and lunch.

Register by October 24.    Register online.

Mary Donovan is an Episcopal seminarian at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka, Kansas and a graduate of the spiritual direction program, Souljourners offered at Sophia Center. She recently made oblation to Mount St. Scholastica Monastery. Prior to her move to Kansas four years ago, Mary served as a  teacher and administrator in the New York City public school system.


November 22-24

ENNEAGRAM WORKSHOP - 4 spots remaining

Sister Therese Elias, OSB

The Enneagram, rooted in the ancient Christian desert tradition, 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 faithfdul to the age-old method of oral and visual instruction, we will emphasize the participant's search for self-identification.

Limited to 13 participants.

Fee: $260 private room and meals.  ($50 non-refundable deposit)   Register by November 12.   Register online. 

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

 

 

 2020

 Friday, March 13 | 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, March 15 | 4:00 p.m.  

EVERYWHERE A BLESSING: A Celtic Retreat

Sister Therese Elias, OSB

This retreat is not just for the Irish, Scottish or Breton, but for all who search for God in the ordinary. In true Celtic fashion, we will celebrate the goodness of creation, the nearness of the saints and the power of the Trinity using poetry, art, storytelling, and the Celtic legacy of prayers and blessings.

Fee: $260 private room and meals.  (Deposit: $50, non-refundable)    Register online.    
Register by March 3.

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

 

Date to be announced 

MINISTERING TO BODY, MIND and SPIRIT

Sister 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.

Fee: $40  (deposit: $10, non-refundable)  
Register by January 29  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. 

 

Date to be announced | 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. 

Sunday Series: A TREASURE CHEST OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICES (Sacred Beads & Sacred Art In A Circle)  

 Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min.

Do you often feel like you are going in circles? Let’s dig into our spiritual treasure chest to discover how you can turn going in circles into a prayer. Mandalas (sacred art in a circle) are used by all faith traditions for meditation and for connecting with the divine presence. Discover how common these sacred circles are in your everyday life.

Fee: Free-will offering   Register online.

Mary Kay Whitacre has served in pastoral ministry in the Catholic Church for over forty years and completed her Doctor of Ministry degree from Seattle University in 2017. She currently is full-time on the staff of the Sophia Center; is the assistant director of  Souljourners, a Spiritual Direction Formation Program, and ministers as a spiritual director. Mary Kay is a wife of over forty years; a mother of two adult, married children; and the proud grandmother of two of the most adorable grandchildren ever.


Date to be announced | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

A MYSTIC'S VALENTINE  

Sister Judith Sutera, OSB

Reflect with mystic writers who were masters of love poetry. From the biblical Song of Songs to medieval women like St. Gertrude, mystical writings express a relationship with God that seem overly emotional or even bordering on erotic. Exploring the social context and theology of these saints can lead to a new appreciation of their devotion and perhaps lead to a love note or two of one's own.

Fee: $60.00, includes lunch (Non-refundable deposit: $20)
Register by February 5.   Register online.

Sister Judith Sutera, OSB, is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica with degrees in counseling and in monastic history. She is a writer, speaker and retreat director. She edits Magistra and is the author of several books and other works.

 

TO BE SCHEDULED

SEEKING GOD WITH PHOTOGRAPHY: contemplative seeing, contemplative walking and photography 

Kathleen England

Where do we notice the presence of God? This day will include discussion of photography as a spiritual practice and of the symbols and images that remind us of God's presence.

Bring the camera you generally use - phone to DSLR. This is not a class on technique, but an opportunity to explore awareness, connection and contemplation in photography.

Fee: $60 includes lunch.  (non-refundable $20 deposit)    Register by .      Register online.

Kathleen England is a retired counselor who specialized in working with children and families. Photography is a hobby and a passion. It makes her aware of the manifestation of God all around us and she seeks to shsre her desire to be in God's presence through her attentiveness to beauty and creation.

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., is an adjunct spiritual director for Sophia Center. S. Marie received her spiritual direction certificate through Red Plains Spirituality Center. Her training and supervision in spiritual direction follows the Ignatian model. For many years she was a leader of the Retreat in Daily Life program.   

Sister Sheila Carroll, OSB, D.Min. is an adjunct spiritual director for Sophia Center. S. Sheila has an M.A. in psychology and a D. Min. in spirituality. Her training and supervision in spiritual direction follows the Ignatian model. 

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

Sister Susan Holmes, OSB is the associate director of Sophia Center. S. Susan has an M.A. in pastoral theology from the University of Dayton, a certificate in spiritual direction from Souljourners, and is a certified chaplain in the National Association of Catholc Chaplains and served as a hospice chaplain. 

Rita Killackey, OSB is an adjunct spiritual director for Sophia Center. S. Rita is a certified spiritual director through the Souljourners program, has served as a parish pastoral associate, canon lawyer and is currently an oblate director.

Sister Micaela Randolph, OSB, M.A., staff member of Sophia Center and 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 is the director of 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 an adjunct spiritual director for Sophia Center, with certification in spiritual direction through the Creighton Spirituality program. She is also a certified licensed massage therapist. 

Sister Marcia Ziska, OSB, M.A.,a staff member for the Souljourners program, 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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offered by Sophia Center or to be placed on our mailing list,

email: sophia@mountosb.org
or call: (913) 360-6173

or write:

Sophia Center
751 South 8th St.
Atchison, KS 66002