If you are interested in hosting an Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop at your church, please contact: cobforcontemplatives@gmail.com

A Quiet Retreat with Charles de Foucauld

Led by Bonnie Thurston

October 21 - October 23

St. Charles (canonized by Pope Francis in May 2022) “put out into deep waters” for the love of Jesus. From well-born, wealthy and sybaritic, to army officer, to Cistercian monk, to convent handyman, to desert hermit, St. Charles changed and challenges us to do so that our lives and locations become dwelling places of Jesus.  Popular retreat leader Dr. Bonnie Thurston returns to the peaceful setting our of Retreat Center to offer a program in which we both learn and experience the spirituality of this extraordinary saint through both presentations and quiet times of reflection.

Our retreat leader:  Having resigned a Professorship and Chair in New Testament, Bonnie Thurston lives quietly in her home state of West Virginia.  A well-known Thomas Merton Scholar, she has written or edited 23 theological and/or spiritual books, most recently St. Mary of Egypt (Liturgical Press, 2022), and seven collections of poetry, most recently Not Sonnets (Cinnamon Press, 2022).  She is an avid reader, walker, gardener, cook, and classical music lover.

Formats:  This retreat is available in two formats. Retreatants on-site at Sacred Heart Monastery have the opportunity to share the prayer life of the Benedictine Sisters and the peaceful monastery grounds while attending the presentations in person at the Retreat Center. Those who are not able to be with us in person can participate live from home via videoconferencing. Presentations will not be recorded for later viewing.





Saturday, November 12, 2022

St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Birmingham




Intensive & Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

June 20-27, 2023

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center in Cullman

Fr. Bill Fickel will be leading this eight day retreat which provides an opportunity to go deeper into the silence with up to three hours of centering prayer a day.  All meals are in silence, and most days are spent in what is called "grand silence" when you are asked not to speak at all or even make eye contact. 

If you are interested in the retreat, contact Katy Smith at smithdoc20@gmail.com

or 205-410-1493.