June 22, 2020

Update: Thanks to all who have remembered us in prayer. We are most grateful and happy to report that all sisters and employees have completed our second round of Covid-19 tests. We had four employees test positive and they are in quarantine. No sisters in either Dooley or the monastery have tested positive. We remain in quarantine until June 29 just in case but all seems good at this point.
Please join us in prayers of gratitude and also continued prayers for all who are fighting this disease and those who continue working to contain it and ultimately defeat it.
Sophia will soon begin offering some online programming so watch Facebook and this site.
S. Carol Ann Petersen, OSB
Sophia Center
751 South 8th Street
Atchison, KS 66002  
Sophia Center is located in Atchison, Kansas, on forty acres of rolling hills, in a Benedictine environment of a praying community, the Sophia Center provides an ideal setting for prayer and reflection. Retreats and workshops are on the grounds of the monastery. 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. Open to persons of all faiths, the programs include the Souljourners Spiritual Direction Program, courses on the Scripture, monastic spirituality, reflection days, directed and group retreats, Advent and Lenten days of prayer, days of recollection and much more.

For more information about programs offered by Sophia, to register for a program or to be placed on the mailing list, please fill out the form below.

Located at:
751 S 8th St
Atchison, KS 66002

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Frequently Asked Questions

Business hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and on Saturdays and Sundays when we have guests.  Sophia Center is closed on Mondays, as well as the first Sunday of each month, the first Saturday of  March, June, August and November, the last two weeks of August and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For scheduled retreats, check-in time is one half hour before the retreat is scheduled to begin. For groups, the check in time will be established with the leader in advance of the retreat.  For private retreats we ask that you arrive between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Special arrangements can be made if necessary.

Please come to Sophia Center on the main floor of the Feeney building to check in. The entrance to Sophia Center is on the south side of the building. Leave your bags in the car until you are registered and have your room key.

Guests are always welcome for Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist. If you are new to Sophia Center, one of the sisters will provide a brief orientation for you and find you a place in chapel. A schedule for prayer times can be found in your room. Out of respect for the group gathered for prayer, please plan to arrive at least five minutes early for the service.

Morning prayer during the week is scheduled at 6:30 a.m. Eucharist is at 7:15 a.m. Evening prayer is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday morning prayer is at 8:45 a.m. and Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. Evening prayer on Saturday is at 6:30 p.m. Sunday morning prayer is at 8:45 a.m. and Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. Evening prayer on Sunday is at 5:00 p.m. 

For guests making private retreats, breakfast is served  in the dining room between 6:30-8:15 a.m. Dinner is served 11:45 a.m.-noon. Supper is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Supper follows evening praise at 6:00 p.m. during the week.

We suggest comfortable clothes, appropriate for the season, as well as comfortable walking shoes. You may find a light sweater helpful for meeting rooms.  In the chapel, the dining room and meeting rooms, we suggest  “business casual”.  If you plan to join the sisters in the chapel, we prefer that shorts not be worn.

For private retreatants and groups of less than 20, meals are served in the monastery dining room, a short walk across campus. For larger groups, we contract with the Atchison Heritage Event Center located next to Sophia Center. Sometimes the Sophia staff serves breakfast or other meals at Sophia. Groups may also opt to rent our kitchen and provide their own meals, to order pizza or subs. 

We welcome men as guests for private retreats, as participants in scheduled retreats or hosted retreats. 

There are 20 bedrooms and 24 beds located in St. Catherine’s Hall, across the street from the main Sophia Center building. An additional 7 rooms with 14 beds are located on the third floor of St. Cecilia’s, which is attached to the monastery building. 

We provide sheets, towels, wash cloths, pillows and blankets. Please bring toiletries, a hair dryer, and other personal items you may need. Since some of the bathrooms are down the hall, you will also want to bring a bathrobe. 

Sophia Center has 27 rooms and 38 beds. Retreatants may either choose a private room or a room to share with someone you know.

All the bathrooms are private. Some are shared between two bedrooms. Others are down the hall.

Sophia Center is equipped with wired and wireless connectivity in the main building and in St. Cecilia’s.