Scheduled Retreats and Workshops

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

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

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

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

 

2017

 

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

Book Discussion 

Sister Sheila Carroll and Sister Gabriell Kocour

March 28Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

April 25 - The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian

Register online.   

 

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

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

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

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

Free will offering accepted.    Register on line.  


Saturday, April 1 | 10:00 a.m. to noon

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.

Sessions are also scheduled for:

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

 

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


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

RETREAT: Awakening the Mystic in You

Sister Sheila Carroll, OSB

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

Fee: $55  ($10 deposit, non-refundable )
Register by April 4.   Register online.   

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


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

A Getaway for Self-Renewal

Linda Zahner, OSB

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, April 11  

Coffee and Silence

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

Reservations required.  Free will offering.   Register on line. 

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

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


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

Holy Week/Triduum Retreat

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

Orientation - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $250       (Deposit $50, non-refuindable)
Register by April 3        
Register on line.       


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

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

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

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

Free will offering accepted.    Register on line.  


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

Book Discussion 

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

April 25The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian

Resumes September 26


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

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

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

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


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

Enneagram Workshop 

FOUR OPENINGS LEFT

Sister Therese Elias, OSB

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

Limited to 13 participants.

Fee: $225  ($45 deposit, non-refundable)      Register by April 15.     Register online.   

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


 

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

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

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

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

Free will offering accepted.    Register on line.  

Resumes September 7


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

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

Judith Sutera, OSB

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

Fee: $55 (Deposit: $10, non-refundable).
Register by April 20.    Register online.    

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


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

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

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

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

Register on line. 

Resumes September 14


Thursday, May 11 

Coffee and Silence

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

Reservations required.  Free will offering.   Register on line. 

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

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

 

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

The Spirituality of Place

Sister Thomasita Homan, OSB

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

Sister 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. 

Fee: $55  ($10 deposit, non-refundable)
Register by May 8.   Register online.   

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

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


Sunday, May 21 | 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

BENEDICT'S VISION: Work Made Holy

A Series for Young Professional Women

Cecilia Olson, OSB, and a team of sisters

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

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

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

 

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

A Getaway for Self-Renewal

TWO OPENINGS

Linda Zahner, OSB

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

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

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

 

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

Clay and Fire 

Alberta Hermann,OSB

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

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

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

Limited number of participants.

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



Friday, June 16

Coffee and Silence

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

Reservations required.  Free will offering.   Register on line. 

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

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



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

10th Monastic Institute for Benedictine Oblates

Steps to Good Living  

Presentations given by Father Meinrad Miller, OSB

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

Number of participants limited.

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

 

 

 Tuesday, August 8 - Sunday, August 13

Silent Directed Retreat

Sophia Staff

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

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

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


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

A Getaway for Self-Renewal      

Linda Zahner, OSB

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

Fee: $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.

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

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

 

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

Retreat - The Cosmos Within

TWO SINGLE ROOMS AVAILABLE

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

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

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

Full retreat for commuters (no room provided) $250.00 

Monday will be open to friends of the Mount and Sophia at no charge although donations will be accepted. The day will include prayer, a talk, lunch, and viewing from the Mount grounds. Be sure to bring a lawn chair. We'll provide special glasses. Watch for more details.

Partial scholarships available. Inquire at Sophia@mountosb.org

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

 


Saturday, September 9 | 9:00 a.m. to 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 included.  (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.

 

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

ONE OPENING, 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, 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.  

 

 

 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.


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.


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

Confessions of Saint Augustine

Sheila Carroll, OSB

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

Fee: $55  ($10 deposit, 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.


 

Watch for a future date

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.

 

 


 

 

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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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