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. 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.

 

2018

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. 

 

 

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

Bridges to Contemplative Living with the Sages

Mount St. Scholastica, Sisters Gabrielle Kocour & Sheila Carroll, OSB

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 online.  

 

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 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.   


Tuesday, April 24 | 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.

BOOK DISCUSSION

Join us for a good read and stimulating discussion on the last Tuesday of the month at Mount St. Scholastica. The series is facilitated by Sisters Gabrielle Kocour and Sheila Carroll, OSB.

April 24  Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann


Thursday, April 26 | 10:30 a.m.

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS, Sisters Gabrielle Kocour & Sheila Carroll, OSB

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

Register online. 

 


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 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, May 3 | 10:30 a.m.

Bridges to Contemplative Living with the Sages

Mount St. Scholastica, Sisters Gabrielle Kocour & Sheila Carroll, OSB

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 online.  


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 May 1.      Register online.   

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.  


Thursday, May 10 | 10:30 a.m.

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS, Sisters Gabrielle Kocour & Sheila Carroll, OSB

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

Register online. 


Thursday, May 10 | 1:00 - 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 (deposit: $10, non-refundable)   
Register by May 4.     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 12 | 10:00 a.m. - noon

Souljourners Inquiry

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB

Are you experiencing a call to spiritual renewal and at the same time wanting to learn the skills of discernment and deep listening... to God, to yourself and to others?

This session introduces you to the Souljourners program, explains a spiritual direction session, gives time for questions and concerns, and allows time for prayer and reflection on your call. 

Register online.  


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

Are you curious about God?
Do you like to pray or struggle to pray?
This retreat is for you!

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

Based on her book, Everyday EpiphaniesSister 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, S. Melannie will facilitate our week of entering more deeply into the Mystery of God who is seeking us more than we can imagine. 

Cost: $395.00  (includes room and meals)   (deposit: $35, non-refundable)                    Commuter: $325.00 (includes meals but not room)

Register by May 10.   Register online. 

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, Everyay 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.

 
 
 

Wednesday, June 13| 10:00 a.m. - noon

Souljourners Inquiry

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB

Are you experiencing a call to spiritual renewal and at the same time wanting to learn the skills of discernment and deep listening... to God, to yourself and to others?

This session introduces you to the Souljourners program, explains a spiritual direction session, gives time for questions and concerns, and allows time for prayer and reflection on your call. 

Register online.  


Thursday, June 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 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.   

 

Wednesday, June 27 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

FINDING THE SACRED THROUGH 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.

Fee: $80 (deposit: $10, non-refundable)   
Register by June 22.     Register online.   

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

 

June 29-30 | Friday, 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, 4:00 p.m.

DREAM RETREAT - follow-up

This is a follow-up retreat only for those who have previously participated in the full Dream Retreat. Registration will be limited to 10 participants.

Sister Therese Elias, OSB

Cost: $150.00, includes room and meals.   (deposit: $40, non-refundable)
Register by June 22.   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 specialities in Celtic spirituaity, the mystics, Benedictine spirituality, and contemplative prayer. She has led numerous pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland and Wales.



Thursday, July 12 | 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 15 | after lunch

11TH ANNUAL OBLATE INSTITUTE  

TO BE ALIVE: Living the Rule Day to Day

Judy Valente

Judith Valente, award winning journalist and reporter for PBS and NPR, has met and interviewed many people who have helped her to see how the Rule can be lived everyday. She will share, in her insightful and poetic style, how her commitment as a Benedictine oblate shapes her day to day life. 

Cost: $325, single room; $250, double room; $200, commuter  
deposit: $75, non-refundable)

ONE PRIVATE ROOM REMAINING  (as of 13 April)   Register online.

(Late registrations will need to make their own reservations at area motels.)

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 NewWeekly 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. 


Thursday, July 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 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.   


Friday, July 27 | 7:00 pm - Saturday, July 28 | 4:00 pm  

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR: A Weekend of Peer Supervision, Skill Development, and Support

Facilitated by Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min.

Come with your Souljourner classmates or come on your own. Spend time in small group supervision, gaining new information, developing your skills in the area of contemplative/evocative spiritual direction and reconnecting with friends.

Supper on your own. Program at 7:00 pm followed by social.

Prerequisite: a graduate of Souljourners or similar program.

Cost for weekend:
$90 per person, $80 per person for a shared room  (deposit: $20, non-refundable) Scholarships available.

Scholarships available.    Register online.   

Mary Kay Whitacre, D. Min. is a 2005 graduate of Souljourners, a Souljourners' staff member, and a practicing spiritual director and supervisor.




Tuesday, August 7 | 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, August 12 | 1:00 p.m.

SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT

Sophia Staff

Get away from the noise and busyness of everyday life. Spend quiet time with God in personal prayer and meet daily with a spiritual director. The quiet of the monastic setting gives you time to listen to the deep desires of your heart.

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

Fee: $395 with housing and meals.  (Deposit: $50.00, non-refundable)

Register by August 1.     Register online.      


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

Souljourners Inquiry

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB

Are you experiencing a call to spiritual renewal and at the same time wanting to learn the skills of discernment and deep listening... to God, to yourself and to others?

This session introduces you to the Souljourners program, explains a spiritual direction session, gives time for questions and concerns, and allows time for prayer and reflection on your call. 

Register online.  


Thursday, August 16 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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; 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: $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.

 

Friday, August 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 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.   

 

Friday, August 17 | 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, August 19 | 4:00 p.m. 

ENNEAGRAM WORKSHOP

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 faithful to the age-old method of oral and visual instruction, we will emphasize the participant's search for self-identification.

Cost: $225.00  (includes room and meals)   (deposit: $45, non-refundable)
Register by August 1.   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 specialities in Celtic spirituaity, the mystics, Benedictine spirituality, and contemplative prayer. She has led numerous pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 6 |7:00 p.m. - Sunday, Sept. 9 | 1:00 p.m.

BENEDICTINE WORK, PRAYER AND STUDY WITH POPE FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

Join the Mount sisters in a labor of love - balance work, prayer, study and rest - as we continue the rewarding task of caring for our little piece of the planet. Mornings will be spent helping to care for our monastery 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 days' activities will include time for rest, prayer and leisure.

Schedule: Morning praise, Eucharist followed by work, dinner, midday praise, class. The rest of the afternoon may be spent reading, resting, praying or however you wish. The day will end with evening praise, supper, and free time.

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

Fee: $175, includes room and meals. (deposit: $40, non-refundable)

Register by September 1.    Scholarships available.   Register online.    


Friday, September 7 | 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, September 9 | 4:00 p.m. 

THE DREAM AND THE JOURNEY: A Dream Retreat

S. Therese Elias, OSB

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, so there is a limit of 10 participants.

Cost: $225.00  (includes room and meals)   (deposit: $45, non-refundable)
Register by August 15.   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 specialities in Celtic spirituaity, the mystics, Benedictine spirituality, and contemplative prayer. She has led numerous pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

 

Friday, September 7 | 7:00 p.m. - Sunday, September 9 | 2:00 p.m.

CLAY AND FIRE RETREAT

S. 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 necessary.

Fee: $240, includes materials   ($50, non-refundable deposit)
Register by August 30.   Register online.

Sister Alberta Hermann, OSB, is a member of Mount St. Scholastica. She learned the art of pottery from Sister Helen Buening, OSB  and has assisted retreatants in creating pottery since 2000. 


Wednesday, September 12 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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; 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: $70, lunch included.  (deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by September 2.    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, September 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 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.   



Saturday, October 5 | 9:00 a.m. - Sunday, October 6 | noon

 ADOPTIVE MOMS RETREAT: A Retreat for Moms by Moms

Were you blessed to become a mom through the process of adoption? Are you looking for a way to renew and recharge your spirit, so you have more to share with you family? Would you like to connect with other moms, who have similar stories?

This will be the perfect opportunity to rest and care for yourself, while sharing in the experience and wisdom of others. This retreat will include structured time balanced with periods of fun and relaxation, where you can:

  • Enjoy a guilt free zone of encouragement and validation
  • Take time to focus and center your energy, so you can parent from a place of wholeness
  • Bond with God and other mothers
  • Replenish your parenting toolbox with new ideas and resources
  • Celebrate, with others, your call from God to be a mother of adopted children

Fee: $75.  (deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by September 27.    Register online.


Saturday, October 13 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

GOURD RETREAT

Sister Melissa Letts, OSB

Gourd art is an earth-friendly art. Working with the forms the natural world gives us, you will commune with your Creator as you create your own prayer bowl out of one of nature's gifts, a simple gourd. You will learn to use various tools and techniques used in gourd art. Gourds may be carved, painted, burned, sanded, dyed, and polished.

Fee: $75, lunch included.  (deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by September 29.    Register online.

Sister Melissa Letts, OSB, M.A., ministers as a member of the pastoral care team for Dooley Center. She began gourd art while living in Oklahoma and continues to this day. Some of her pieces may be found in the monastery gift shop. 


Thursday, October 18

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.   

 
 
October 23 | 7:00 p.m. - 24 | 4:00 p.m. 
Overnight photography retreat with opportunity to take pics of the Harvest moon and sunrise at the Mount.

PRAYING WITH PICTURES: A Spiritual Exercise Combining Contemplative Seeing, Contemplative Walking and Photography

Kathleen England

Where do we notice the presence of God? How? When? How could we share our noticing with others? This day will include discussion of photography as a spiritual practice and of the symbols and images which remind us of God's presence here and now. There will be extended personal time for seeking out and photographing those images and symbols. When we gather after this time we will share the results of our seeking with each other.

There will be indoor/outdoor options available. (depending on the weather) Bring whatever camera you generally use for picture taking - from your phone to your DSLR - but be sure there is a way to share your pictures - either the capacity to email pictures to the email address we will use to collect them, or an SD memory card that allows transferring your images to a computer for the purpose of group viewing.

This is NOT a course in photographic technique but an opportunity to explore awareness, connection and contemplation in relation to photography.

Cost: $135, (deposit: $40, non-refundable)  Register by October 15. 
 Register online.    

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

 

Friday, October 26 |7:00 p.m. - Sunday, October 28 | 4:00 p.m.

EVERYWHERE A BLESSING: A Celtic Retreat

S. Theres Elias, OSB

This retreat is not just for the Irish, Scottish or Breton, but for all who search for God in the ordinary and the everyday. In true Celtic fashion, we will celebrate the goodness of creation, the nearness of the saints and the power of the Trinity. Presentations will utilize ancient poetry, art, song, storytelling, and Celtic Christianity's beautiful legacy of prayers and blessings. (Bring your journal.)

Cost: $225.00  (includes room and meals)   (deposit: $45, non-refundable)
Register by October 15.   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 specialities in Celtic spirituaity, the mystics, Benedictine spirituality, and contemplative prayer. She has led numerous pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

 

Saturday, October 27 | 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

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 unlick the secrets of this medicine that is a vital key to health, vitality, and well-being.

Fee: $40, lunch included.  (deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by October 17   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, November 2 | 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

HEALING OILS OF ANCIENT SCRIPTURE

Sister Linda Zahner, OSB

Healing is a holistic spiritual term. Ancient priests, prophets, and physicians of the Bible anointed people with oil and prayed with them for spiritual purification, moral repentance, physical healing, and for holy anointing.

You will be introduced to fourteen essential oils mentioned repeatedly in the Bible. Essential oils are a gift from God. Seventy percent of the books in the Bible mention anointing or use of essential oils. They are an expression of God's creative energy for us. 

Come and experience these essential oils and their healing properties for multiple uses.

Fee: $70, lunch included.  (deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by October 20.   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, November 6

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.   

 

Saturday, November 24 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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; 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: $70, lunch included.  (deposit: $35, non-refundable)  
Register by September 2.    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, December 1 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

FINDING THE SACRED THROUGH 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.

Fee: $80 (deposit: $10, non-refundable)   
Register by November 15.     Register online.   

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


Friday,December 7 | 7:00 p.m. - Saturday, December 8 | 4:30 p.m. 

ENTERING INTO THE SILENCE OF ADVENT

Sister Mary Pat Johnson, SCL

This silent retreat time will explore the meaning of Advent and its power to touch our lives. Opportunities will be provided for personal and shared prayer as well as silent reflection.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend Eucharist with the Benedictine sisters on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Fee: $140.  (deposit: non-refundable $50)  
Register by November 28.    Register online.

Mary Pat Johnson, is a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas. She has many years experience in the classroom and as a spiritual director. She received a BA in theology from the University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas; an MA in religious studies from Gonzaga University, and an MA in Christian spirituality with a certification in spiritual direction from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. Presently, S. Mary Pat serves on the staff of Souljourners', a certification program for Spiritual Directors in Atchison, Kansas.

 

Thursday, December 13

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.   

 

 2019

Friday, January 25 | 4:00 p.m. - Saturday, January 26 | 2:30 p.m.

A RETREAT FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS BY COLLEGE STUDENTS

  • Would you like a change of scenery from your daily campus scene to meet new friends?
  • Would you like to connect with God and other young adults who understand your world?
  • Would you like to begin your semester more focused and energized?

Join other students from area colleges to rest and take care of yourself, while sharing in the experience and wisdom of others.

Fee: $30 per person.    Scholarships available.  
Register by January 18.    Register online.

 

SAVE THE DATE  March 22-24

S. Maureen Conroy, RSM  

 

 

 

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