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.

 

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. 


 

November 15, December 6, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. at Mount St. Scholastica

BRIDGES FOR CONTEMPLATIVE LIVING WITH THOMAS MERTON

Sisters Sheila Carroll and Gabrielle Kocour, 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.

Registration required.   Register online.          Free will offering.

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. 


Saturday, November 24 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A GETAWAY FOR SELF-RENEWAL      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 by November 14.    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. 


November 27 | 6:45 p.m. at Mount St. Scholastica

MONTHLY BOOK DISCUSSION

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

The Same Sky by Amanda Ward

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.  


Thursday, November 29 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

ADVENT WONDER AND HOPE: A Retreat Day For Church Workers, Pastors, Ministers

Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min.

As your plans for Advent in your church are about to unfold, would you like a day to reflect and prepare yourself for this sacred season? This day is designed to help you reawaken your childhood wonder amidst the flurry of extra activities, and refocus on the hope this hurting world so desperately needs. Join other ministers and church workers to listen, share, create, pray and enjoy some much needed sacred silence.

Fee: $25.  (No deposit needed.)
Register by November 22.      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 the 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.

 

Thursdays, November 29, December 13 

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, Atchison, with Sisters Gabrielle Kocour and Sheila Carroll, OSB.

Registration required.    Register online.     Free will offering.

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.  




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.

For 18 years and older

Fee: $80 includes lunch (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.


Thursday, December 6 |10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS WHILE GRIEVING

Sister Susan Holmes, OSB

How can I survive when I will still be grieving and the whole world will be celebrating Christmas and the New Year? Come and learn about grief.

  • Validate how each of us grieves in our own way
  • See what healthy grieving might look like
  • Explore where God is in my sadness
From a variety of practical possibilities choose one idea to take home and incorporate into your plans. There will be a closing ritual.
 
Sister Susan Holmes has been a Hospice Bereavement coordinato for 16 years. Knowing the pain of the holidays after the death of loved ones herself, she brings compassion, experiencing helping others, and academic learning to this vital subject.

 Free-will offering. Register by December 4.     Register online.   


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 includes private room and meals.  (deposit: non-refundable $50)  
Register by December 1.    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.   


Friday, Dec. 28 (arrive between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.) - Saturday, Dec. 29 | 4:00 p.m.

SILENT RETREAT FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Spend Friday night and Saturday in prayer and silence. Reflect on the blessings of the past and set goals for the coming year.

Fee: $75 for private room and breakfast and dinner on Saturday.  (deposit: $20, non-refundable)  
Register by December 22.    Register online.

 

 

2019

Friday, January 4 - Saturday, January 5

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS

 Facilitated by Mary Kay Whitacre

This workshop is designed for graduates of Souljourners and similar training programs. Spend time in small group superision, gaining new information, developing skills in the area of contemplative/evocative spiritual direction, and reconnecting with friends.

Fee: $90 (deposit:$20)       Register by December 20.    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 the 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.


 Tuesdays, January 8 - May 14 (with the exception of March 12) | 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.


Sunday, January 13 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

2nd Sunday Series: A TREASURE CHEST OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICES (Sacred Beads) 

Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min

Are you looking for creative ways to jumpstart or re-energize your spiritual practices? Join us as we open a treasure chest of spiritual practices to see how different faith traditions use sacred beads for prayer and meditation. A world of new possibilities could open up for you as you experience these different practices.

Fee: Donation      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 the 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.


Thursday, January 17 | 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.

2019 SESSIONS

Thursday, January 17 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 2 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Wednesday, March 20 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, June 11 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

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


Thursday, January 17

COFFEE and SILENCE

We offer our space for private retreat times on days when we have no groups scheduled. Come for a morning or a day. Spend time in silence. Walk our beautiful grounds. Visit 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, January 23 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LOOK TO THE SAINTS AND ANGELS FOR INSPIRATION IN THE NEW YEAR

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 $50, includes materials and lunch.

Register by Janaury 17.    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 for the New York City public schools.  

 

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

FULLY AWAKE & TRULY ALIVE

A Retreat for College Students by College Students

Join other area college students to explore together how to live more mindfully and peacefully amidst the stresses of your college years. This will be a great opportunity to laugh, rest, share and connect with God and others.

Fee: $35 includes meals, room and supplies.    Scholarships available.  

Register by January 18.   

For more information or to register contact:
Mary Kay Whitacre, DMIN
mkwhitacre@mountosb.org

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 the 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.

 

 

 

Saturday, February 2 | 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 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 December 21  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, Feb. 8 (arrive between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.) - Saturday, Feb. 9| 4:00 p.m.

SILENT RETREAT 

Spend Friday night and Saturday in prayer and silence. 

Fee: $75 for private room and breakfast and dinner on Saturday.  (deposit: $20, non-refundable)  
Register by February 1.    Register online.

 

Sunday, February 10 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

2nd Sunday Series: A TREASURE CHEST OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICES (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: Donation  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 the 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, February 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.   


Thursday, February 21 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

15 MINUTES WITH GOD: A Retreat Day For Church Workers, Pastors, Ministers (and everyone else)

Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min.

We all know how important it is to immerse our meetings, classes, and ministry in prayer.  Too often, however, there does not seem to be the time, energy, and interest for meaningful prayer at these events. This will be a great opportunity to learn some simple, engaging, and creative prayer experiences to invite participants into a prayerful spirit. Join other ministers and church workers to listen, share, create, pray and enjoy some much needed sacred silence.

Fee: $25. (No deposit needed.)
Register by February 14.    
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 the 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.

 

Thursday, March 7 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WOMEN IN SCRIPTURE: Models of Suffering

Renee Neff-Clark 

Many stories in our Scripture show us the suffering of God's people. How is that suffering presented and what are the responses found therein? Come. Begin Lent by looking at women in Scripture who experienced suffering and responded in weays that are surprising and powerful. We'll spend time reading Scripture, in prayer, and engaging in meaningful conversation as we look at these remarkable and inspiring women. The day will end with significat time for private prayer that can be spent in chapel, walking the grounds, making the stations of the cross, or simply reflecting on the stories you heard.

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

Register by February 26.      Register online.

Renee has a degree in Religious Studies and has been a student of the Bible and a leader of Bible Studies throughout her life. The stories of women in Scripture have always held a special place in her heart, as theyrepresent and reflect the lives of all women, both then and now.


Sunday, March 10 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

2nd Sunday Series: A TREASURE CHEST OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICES (Sacred Walking) 

 Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min

Have you ever played with the idea of using your whole body to pray? There are some priceless ideas in our spiritual treasure chest that could be as simple as walking. Put on your walking shoes to try out these activities from around the world. Join us to energize your soul and lift your spirits.

Fee: Donation

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 the 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.

 

WORKSHOPS BY S. MAUREEN CONROY, RSM

Sister Maureen is the Co-Director of the Upper Room Spiritual Center in Neptune , New Jersey. Her ministries include spiritual direction, the education of spiritual directors, directed retreats and workshops on spiritual direction, supervision of spiritual directors, discernment, and holistic spirituality. She is also the author of several books.


Friday, March 22 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

DREAMS AND INNER HEALING

Sister Maureen Conroy, RSM, D. Min.

Dreams are a language of the heart, a way that our deeper self speaks to us. They are a language of symbols and metaphors that help us to understand what lies beneath our fears and inner struggles. Every dream is an attempt of our unconscious to center us, balance us, and heal us. Dreams expand our capacity to experience God and our true self.

During this workshop we will ponder:

  • What is a dream? Various types of dreams

  • The many benefits of dream work

  • The physiology of dreams

  • Universal symbols found in dreams

  • Various dream work techniques

  • What is a "Visitation Dream"?

  • Dreams and spiritual growth

  • How dreams help us to experience God's presence

  • Significant dreams in the Scriptures

Fee: $100, registration with noon meal included;
$40 for a Thursday overnight with Friday breakfast included. (Thursday supper on your own.)
Deposit: $20 or 20%
Register by March 12.    Register online.


Friday, March 22 | 7:00 p.m.to Sunday, March 24 | 12:30 p.m.

THREE EXPERIENCES OF DARKNESS: Spiritual Desolation, The Dark Night, and Depression  

Sister Maureen Conroy, RSM  

A workshop for spiritual directors, pastoral ministers, therapists and health care practitioners 

SOME QUESTIONS TO BE EXPLORED:

  • What is spiritual desolation and what are its causes?

  • How does a person work through spiritual desolation?

  • What are the characteristics of the dark night of the soul and how is this experience different from spiritual desolation?

  • What is depression, what are its symptoms and causes?

  • What are some treatments for depression?

  • What is the relationship between desolation and depression?

  • How can a spiritual director or another helping person help someone who is desolate, depressed, and/or experiencing the dark night?

Fee: $350, registration with meals on Saturday and Sunday and 2 overnights;
Commuters: $280 for workshop and meals. 
(Friday supper on your own for early arrivals.)
Deposit: $70 or 20%
Register by March 12.    Register online.

 

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 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.   


Sunday, March 31 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

LENTEN RETREAT FOR CATHOLIC WOMEN

Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min

After a time to gather and meet at Sophia Center, we will celebrate Mass with the monastic women of Mount St. Scholastica in their beautiful choir chapel with the Atchison Blue windows.  Following dinner, our afternoon retreat time will focus on how we can be instruments of compassion and forgiveness in our hurting world. Join other women to listen, share, create, pray and enjoy some much needed sacred silence.

Register by March 24.   Free will offering.



Wednesday, April 3

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

SILENT RETREAT 

Spend Friday night and Saturday in prayer and silence. 

Fee: $75 for private room and breakfast and dinner on Saturday.  (deposit: $20, non-refundable)  

Register by March 25.    Register online.


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

PRAYING WITH THE SYMBOLS OF HOLY WEEK

Mary Kay Whitacre, D.Min.

As your plans for Advent in your church are about to unfold, would you like a day to reflect and prepare yourself for this sacred season? This day is designed to help you reawaken your childhood wonder amidst the flurry of extra activities, and refocus on the hope this hurting world so desperately needs. Join other ministers and church workers to listen, share, create, pray and enjoy some much needed sacred silence.

Fee: $25. (No deposit needed.)
Register by April 4.      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: $250.00 (Non-refundable deposit $50)

Register by April 8.      Register online.


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.

 

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

12TH OBLATE INSTITUTE  

Sister Judith Sutera, OSB

HUMILITY

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

Register online. 

 

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 ($50 deposit)        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 with overnight acommodations; $175 commuters
(Deposit: $75, 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 ($45 non-refundable deposit)   Register by August 28.       Register online.  

Sister Therese Elias, OSB, is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of MountSt. 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   

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 (Deposit: $35, non-refundable)

Register by September 3.     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       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.     

 

November 22-24

ENNEAGRAM WORKSHOP

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 ($45 non-refundable deposit)   Register by November 12.      Register online. 

Sister Therese Elias, OSB, is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of MountSt. 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 (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.  

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.  

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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