Fall retreats promise stillness, joyful renewal

St. Mary of the Pines
Eight-day retreats –  $640
Five-day retreats –  $400
Weekend directed retreats – $160
Directed Retreats: The resident retreat director is Sister Dorez Mehrtens, SSND. During 2014, she is available for directed retreats on the following dates:  Sept. 24-Oct. 3, Oct. 6-13, Nov. 10-18, and Dec. 1-10. To schedule a retreat contact Sister Dorez, 601-783-0411 or 601-810-7758 (cell).
Private Retreats: A private retreat is a retreat without a director and may be scheduled any time space is available. The individual chooses his/her own resources and rhythm of prayer and reflection throughout the day. Suggested donation: $65 per night. Financial assistance for any retreat is available upon request.
Contact: St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, 3167 Old Highway 51 South, Osyka, MS, 39657, 601-783-3494, retreatcenter@ssnddallas.org.

The Dwelling Place
“Be Still and Know that I am God,” Sept. 26-28, Oct. 3-5. Two, three or five day retreat, extended as desired. Come, get away, be still and sort out your life under the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Experience God’s presence in the quiet and a personally guided prayer experience adapted to your needs.
It is a time of quiet and prayerful reflection primarily using scripture. Meet daily with the director, Clare Van Lent, for guidance and mutual discernment. Retreat begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $80 per day.
Contact: The Dwelling Place, 2824 Dwelling Place Road, Brooksville, MS, 39739, 662-738-5348, www.dwellingplace.com.

Sister Therese Jacobs
“Contemplative Outreach Day of Renewal,” Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. – noon at Jackson St. Richard Church in Chichester Room. Focus of the day is the Welcoming Prayer, a practice of “letting go” in routines of daily life. Presenters will be Sister Therese Jacobs and Kris Mink, St. Columb Church, Ridgeland.
Contact: Sister Therese Jacobs, 601 366 2335, jacobs@saintrichard.org.
“Centering Prayer workshop retreat,” Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church,  5930 Warrior’s Trail, Bovina Miss. Presenters will be Kris Mink, St. Columb Church, Ridgeland, and Sister Therese Jacobs. A freewill offering will be taken.
Contact: Marci Turner, 601-634 6027, marci_t@hotmail.com or Rev. Billie Abraham, 601-594-0016, bilabraham@aol.com.

Benedictine Center
“Woman Spirit Rising,” (WSR) Sept. 26-28. On this retreat participants will hear stories of the Black Madonna of various countries and explore their own spiritual longings for the Divine Mother. Retreat Directors: Sister Mary McGehee and and the WSR Team. Cost is $210 for private rooms and $185 per person for shared room.
Contact: Benedictine Sisters, 916 Convent Road, Cullman, AL 35055, (256) 734-4622, shmon@shmon.org.

Jesuit Spirituality Center
Directed Retreats: The Jesuit Spirituality Center specializes in personally directed retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. Solitude and silence are important aspects of these retreats. Retreats may range from three, five, or eight days, to a full month. Eight-day retreats are scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 8, Oct. 13-22, Oct. 27-Nov. 5, Nov. 10-19 and Dec. 8-17. Three-day and five-day retreats start on the same dates as the eight-day periods. Costs vary according to the length of the retreat.
“Consider It Pure Joy: Persevering Through Life’s Trials – A Day of Renewal for Women,” Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m, – 4 p.m. In this day of reflection, participants will look at the trials of life in the context of their walk with Christ and explore the contemplative prayer forms of lectio divina and art as prayer. Retreat Director: Andrea “Ani” Vidrine, licensed clinical social worker in private practice and teacher of yoga. Cost is $50, includes lunch.
Contact: Jesuit Spirituality Center,  313 Martin Luther King Dr., Grand Coteau, La 70541, 337-662-5251.