Retreat opportunities abound for new year

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. To schedule a retreat contact Sister Dorez, 601-783-0411 or 601-810-7758 (cell).
“Married as a Path to Holiness,” married couples retreat, Feb. 13-15, 2015. Cost is $340 per couple.
“A Lenten Day of Reflection,” Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $30, lunch is included.
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,

The Dwelling Place
“As I Begin the New Year,” Jan 2-4, 2015. On this feast of the Three Kings, prayerfully using the Scriptures of Epiphany, participants will look at the stars in their lives (the people, events and places that have pointed them to the Christ Child) and will focus on what we seek that is new and good in the new year. Led by Clare Van Lent. Cost is $160.
“Love and Respect: A Couple’s Marriage Enrichment Retreat,” Feb 13-15. Presented by Dr. Steve Street, pastor of Trace Ridge Baptist Church, Ridgeland, Miss. Cost is $275 per couple.
Contact: The Dwelling Place, 2824 Dwelling Place Road, Brooksville, MS, 39739, 662-738-5348,

Benedictine Center
“A Reflection Day with the Prayer and Music of Taizé,” Jan. 3, 2015, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Included will be brief presentations on the history and spirituality of Taizé, an ecumenical monastic community in France whose music has touched the hearts of millions around the world. The day will be led by Sisters and musicians of Sacred Heart Monastery. Cost is $9 for lunch; donations accepted.
Contact: Benedictine Sisters, 916 Convent Road, Cullman, AL 35055, 256-734-4622,

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 days, five days, or eight days, to a full month.
Jan 15 or Jan. 18, Feb. 2 or Feb. 5, Feb. 23 or Feb.26. Retreats of eight-days begin on the first date. Retreats of five or three days begin on either date. Costs vary according to the length of the retreat.
“Dream Work: Conversations with the Soul,”  Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Led by Deedy Young, Jungian analyst. In this introductory workshop, participants will consider the attitude with which to approach dreams and will explore key elements in the process of unlocking the dream’s meaning. Cost is $50 and includes lunch.
Contact: Jesuit Spirituality Center,  313 Martin Luther King Dr., Grand Coteau, La 70541, 337-662-5251.

Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO)
“Holy Spirit Teen and Young Adult Retreat: Go Forward,” Jan. 2-4, 2015, at the Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Avenue, Metairie, La.
Contact:,, 504-828-1368.

“Retrouvaille,” an international Catholic peer-to-peer ministry which offers a lifeline to troubled marriages, Jan. 23-25, 2015, at Maryhill in Pineville, La. All inquiries and registrations are held in the strictest confidence. Requested donation is $80 per day. Contact: visit