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.

 

 2016


September 29 | Thursday, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Bridges to Contemplative Dialogue with Thomas Merton and Other Wisdom Writers

Sophia Center with Sisters Gabrielle & Sheila

Other upcoming dates:

October  6 and  20, November  3 and  17, December  1 and  15

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

Free will offering accepted.    Register on line.  



Tuesday, October 4 

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.)

Other dates available: Wednesday, November 9, Thursday, November 31, 
Wednesday, December 14

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



October 6 | Thursday, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Bridges to Contemplative Dialogue with Thomas Merton and Other Wisdom Writers

Sophia Center with Sisters Gabrielle & Sheila

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.  

Other upcoming dates:

October  20

November  3 and  17

December  1 and  15

 


October 12

THE DESERT MOTHERS

Wednesday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Judith Sutera, OSB

While there were a large number of holy women of the desert, few of their sayings survived. This retreat will explore the writings, life and witness of these spiritual ancestors, whose wisdom guided and sustained their faith. Praying with these saintly mothers, we will listen to their stories and take them to heart, with special attention to what their gift might be for us today.

Fee: $55 ($10 deposit), includes lunch.

Register by October 5,   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.)

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.   

 

 

October 13 | Thursdays,  10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Mount  St. Scholastica, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS with Sisters Gabrielle & Shelia

Upcoming dates:

October  27

November 10

December 8

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

Free will offering accepted.   Register on line. 


 

October 18

GIVE BEAUTY BACK TO GOD

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thomasita Homan, OSB

How does one give beauty back to God, source of all beauty? We will ponder this question as we visit beauty in scripture, creation, literature, art, and daily life. Come. Relax in beauty and praise.

Fee: $55. (Deposit: $10)   
Register by October 11.    
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 a former director of campuc ministry there. 


 


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

Bridges to Contemplative Dialogue with Thomas Merton and Other Wisdom Writers

Sophia Center with Sisters Gabrielle & Sheila

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.  

Other upcoming dates: November  3 and  17, December  1 and  15



October 22

OPEN MY EYES: The Divine Milieu

Saturday,  9:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.

Susan Barber, OSB

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, sought to bridge the world of science and the world of faith. His book, The Divine Milieu, explored how the Incarnation reaches beyond the historic Jesus into every scope of creation. We will reflect on this spiritual classic to look at the divine presence in all creation and to explore ways to practice an ecological and inner awareness of the Incarnation.

Fee: $115 ($20 deposit)
Register by October 14.    Register online.   

Sister Susan Barber, OSB, M.A., is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and holds a certificate in spiritual formation from Catholic Theological Union. She has a master's degree in music, and served as community liturgist for twelve years. 



October 22

A Getaway for Self-Renewal                Filled

 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

We regret to inform you that this retreat is filled. Check out dates below.

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)  
Register by October 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.



Monday, October 24

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.)

Other dates available: Wednesday, November 9 - Thursday, November 31 and
Wednesday, December 14

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



October 23, November 20 | Sundays, 2:30 to 4:30 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.



October 25 

BOOK DISCUSSION

Last Tuesday of the month | 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
Mount St. Scholastica, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS
Sisters Gabrielle Kocour  & Sheila Carroll

October 25 “Cutting for Stone,”  by Abraham Verghese

November 29 “Lamb:  The Gospel according to Biff”  by Charlotte Childhood

Books selected for 2017 will be given later.

January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25



October 27 | Thursday,  10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Mount  St. Scholastica, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS with Sisters Gabrielle & Shelia

Upcoming dates:  November 10, December 8

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

Free will offering accepted.   Register on line. 



October 28-30

EVERYWHERE A BLESSING: a Celtic Spirituality Retreat 

Friday, 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

Therese Elias, OSB

This retreat is not just for the Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Breton, but for everyone who has searched 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 in our midst. Presentations will utilize ancient poetry, art, song, storytelling, and Celtic Christianity's beautiful legacy of prayers and blessings.  (Bring your journal)

Fee: $195  ($35 deposit)
Register by October 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. 

 

 

November 3

NEW HOPE FOR DEPRESSION

Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sharon Highberger

Sharon 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 the the God of grace and compassion.

Fee: $80 ($15 deposit)
Registered by October 27.   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.)

Sharon Highberger, an oblate of Mount St. Scholastica, is a certified chaplain and grief counselor. A graduate of the Souljourners spiritual direction program, she has worked as a hospital and hospice chaplain. She gives retreats based on her book Dancing With Depression: A Spiritual Pathway for Recovery from Darkness to Light.

 

 

November 3 | Thursday, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Bridges to Contemplative Dialogue with Thomas Merton and Other Wisdom Writers

Sophia Center with Sisters Gabrielle & Sheila

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.  

Other upcoming dates: November  17, December  1 and  15



Wednesday, November 9

Coffee and Silence

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

Reservations required.  Free will offering.   Register on line. 

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

Other dates available:  Thursday, November 31, Wednesday, December 14

 

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



November 10  

THE GOD OF MERCY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Irene Nowell, OSB

Is the "God of the Old Testament" harsh and angry while the "God of the New Testament" is loving and kind? A careful reading of the Old Testament shows this common assumption to be wrong. The most frequent description of God throughout the Old Testament is "a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity" (Exodus 34:6). Come discover this loving God.

Fee: $65. ($20 deposit)
Register by November 1.  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.)

Sister Irene Nowell, OSB, Ph.D., a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, teaches Scripture for Saint John's University. She is the author of three books from Liturgical Press: Sing a New Song: The Responsorial Psalm in the Sunday Liturgy, Women in the Old Testament, and Pleading, Cursing, Praising: Converations with God, as well as 101 Questions and Answers about Angels and Devils, published by Paulist Press. She was a member of the committee on illuminations and texts for the Saint John's Bible and is past president of the Catholic Biblical Association. 

 

 

 November 10 | Thursday,  10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Mount  St. Scholastica, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS with Sisters Gabrielle & Shelia

Upcoming date: December 8

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

Free will offering accepted.   Register on line. 



November 16  

WORKS OF MERCY: Lessons From Dorothy Day

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Barbara McCracken, OSB

This U. S. Catholic convert lived with the works of mercy in a radical way throughout the heart of the twentieth century. Getting to know Dorothy in this workshop/retreat helps reveal ways to live the works of mercy today.

Fee: $55 ($10 deposit)
Register by November 9   Register online.  

Sister Barbara McCracken, OSB, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica has served on the staff of the Keeler Women's Center and as a consultant for peace and justice with the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. She has also been an instructor with the Benedictine College Institute for Religious Studies.  

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.)

 

 

 November 17 | Thursday, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Bridges to Contemplative Dialogue with Thomas Merton and Other Wisdom Writers

Sophia Center with Sisters Gabrielle & Sheila

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.  

Other upcoming dates: December  1 and  15



November 22

A Getaway for Self-Renewal

 Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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)  
Register by November 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.



December 2-3

AN ADVENT RETREAT

Friday, 7:00 p.m. to Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Marcia Ziska, OSB

Begin anew. Prepare for a new liturgical season. Through the inspiration of Ruth Haley Barton's book, Sacred Rhythms, this retreat will help you explore your inner desires for a deeper relationship with God. Come and discover how you might reorder your life in order to listen to the longings of your heart.

Fee: $115. ($20 deposit)
Register by November 23.   Register online.  

Sister Marcia Ziska, OSB, M.A., associate director of Sophia Center, is a retired certified hospital chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, is certified in spiritual direction from Creighton University, and holds a professional certificate in spiritual gerontology from the Johnson Institute. She currently serves as director of initial formation for the Mount community.  

 

 

December 6

TRAVELING THE ROAD OF MERCY: A Thomas Merton Retreat

Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sheila Carroll, OSB

Merton says, "Only the one who has had to face despair is really convinced that he seeks God's mercy." This retreat will explore events of our life to discover our experience of God's mercy. The retreat will include talks, contemplative dialogue, contemplative prayer, shared prayer, and a DVD, with time for silence and conversation.

Fee: $55  ($10 deposit)
Register by November 29.    Register online.  

Sister Sheila Carrooll, 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.



December 10, 2016 

Advent Retreat Day with The Messiah

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Susan Barber, OSB

Prepare for Christmas by taking time to reflect on the Scripture and texts from Handel's Messiah and Advent hymns. Pray the texts through lectio and song.

The day will include exploring the background of the Messiah, Advent hymn texts through lectio, and singing.   Lunch included.

Suggested Donation: $25.00    Register by December 1.    Register online.  >

Sister Susan Barber, OSB, M.A., is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and holds a certificate in spiritual formation from Catholic Theological Union. She has a master's degree in music, and served as community liturgist for twelve years.  

 

 

2017

 January 10, 2017

A Getaway for Self-Renewal

 Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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)  
Register by January 3.    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.



January 12 & 26 

Lectio Divina with the Sunday Scriptures

Thursdays,  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  at Mount  St. Scholastica, 801 S. 8th, Atchison, KS with Sisters Gabrielle & Shelia

 February 9 & 23

March 9 & 23

April 27   

May 11 

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


January 14, 2017  

NEW HOPE FOR DEPRESSION

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sharon Highberger

Sharon 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 the the God of grace and compassion.

Fee: $80 ($15 deposit)
Registered by January 4.   Register online.  

Sharon Highberger, an oblate of Mount St. Scholastica, is a certified chaplain and grief counselor. A graduate of the Souljourners spiritual direction program, she has worked as a hospital and hospice chaplain. She gives retreats based on her book Dancing With Depression: A Spiritual Pathway for Recovery fron Darkness to Light.   

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.)

 

 

 

January 25, 2017   

LIVING WITH THE GRIEF OF SUICIDE

Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Loretta McGuire, OSB

Suicide grips hearts and minds with a vice that will not let go, and with feelings of overwhelming sadness, grief and loss. Sharing these feelings can help in finding hope and peace in your life. Come join certified grief counselor Sister Loretta McGuire for a day of sharing.

Fee: $55  ($10 deposit)
Register by January 16.   Register online.   

 Sister Loretta McGuire, OSB, M.S.W., a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, is a certified grief counselor. A licensed social worker with her MSW from Kansas University School of Social Welfare, Sister Loretta worked for St. Luke's Hospital and St. Luke's Hospice, coordinating the bereavement ministry. Currently she serves as volunteer coordinator for Mount St. Scholastica. 



February 12, 2017

SAINTS AND HOW TO BE ONE  

Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Judith Sutera, OSB

An introduction to how the Church makes saints and how we can identify with them. 

Free will offering.   Register on line.    

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 retreat director. She edits Magistra, a journal of the history of women's spirituality and is the author of Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Saint Benedict, and Lent and Easter Wisdom from Saint Benedict, The Vinedresser's Notebook, and other works.







February 15, 2017

MINISTERING TO BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT

Wednesday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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 ($10 deposit)Register by February 8.   Register on line. 

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. 

 

 

March 2, 2017 

LENT WITH SAINT BENEDICT

Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Judith Sutera, OSB

Lent is the only liturgical season to which St. Benedict devotes a whole chapter of his rule. The author of the book Lenten Wisdom from St. Benedict (Liguori Press) guides retreatants to consider the challenges and joys of a Benedictine approach to the season.

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 retreat director. She edits Magistra, a journal of the history of women's spirituality and is the author of Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Saint Benedict, and Lent and Easter Wisdom from Saint Benedict, The Vinedresser's Notebook, and other works. 

Fee: $55. (Deposit: $10)
Register by February 23.  
Register on line.  

 

 

May 5-7, 2017

LifeSHIFT: Work and the Chistian Journey

Friday, 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

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)

Register by April 15. 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.

 

 

Professional Workshops with Sister Maureen Conroy

March 24, 2017

ANGELS AMONG US! Experience the Abundant Blessings of Angels

Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Did you know we are surrounded by Angels? Are you aware that many Angels are eager to assist us? Did you know that there are various groups of Angels and that each group has a specific mission?

Come, learn about and experience the abundant spiritual blessings of Angels and Archangels and various ways they can help us in our lives.

Areas we will ponder are:

  • What are "Angels? How can Angels help us?
  • Who are the four major Archangels? What is the mission of each one?
  • The Nine Orders of Angels including the Seraphim, Cherubim, and so on
  • Guardian Angels: our lifetime companions
  • Scriptural references about Angels
  • How Angels can assist us in our daily life
  • Angel meditations, prayers and stories

You will take home a handout of information and meditation experiences to help you experience the abundant blesings of Angels.

Fee: $95, includes lunch ( Deposit: $20).  $135 with overnight (deposit: $30)
Register on line.  

Sister Maureen Conroy, RSM, D.Min., is co-director of the Upper Room Spirituality Center in neptune, N.J. Her ministries include spiritual direction, education of spiritual directors, directed retreats and workshops on spiritual direction, supervision, discrnment, and holistic spirituality. She teaches spiritual direction at Creighton University, Omaha, and at Milltown Institute, Dublin, Ireland. Maureen hold a Master of Divinity degree from Orinceton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary University in Baltimore. 

 

March 24 - 26, 2017

LOVE IS THE GREATEST HEALER
THE TRANSFORMATIVE BLESSINGS OF PRAYER
and SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Friday, March 24, 7:00 pm to Sunday, March 26, 12:30 pm

Scientific studies are proving the healing power of love! A compassionate, caring presence to another fosters physical cures, psychological healing and spiritual well-being. As the song from Broadway expresses beautifully: "Love Changes Everything!"

During this experiential program we will:

  • reflect on how love is a state of being
  • reflect on ways the human and divine love heals body, mind and spirit
  • ponder the qualities and empowering effects of God's abundant love
  • savor experiences of God's love
  • ponder the "greatest gift of all" in 1 Cor. 13
  • explore concrete ways to foster unconditional love in our lives
  • experience healing meditations and spiritual companioning sessions

You will bring home a lengthy hand-out of helpful information and meditation experiences to assist you in experiencing the healing power of love in your daily life. 

Fee: $250, with no overnight; $330 with two overnights. All fees include 5 meals, snacks and
social.     Register on line.    

 

 

Spring, 2017   

GROWING WITH GOD: A Plant-Lover's Retreat

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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).
Register by September 19.     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.  




ThiNOTE 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