Easter season retreats offer refreshment, spiritual 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. To schedule a retreat contact Sister Dorez, 601-783-0411 or 601-810-7758 (cell), dorezm37@yahoo.com.
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.
“Journey to Transformation, June 15-20, will examine the life of St. Teresa of Avila. Led by Father Stephen Sanchez, OCD. Cost is $400.
Contact: St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, 3167 Old Highway 51 South, Osyka, MS, 39657, 601-783-3494, retreatcenter@ssnddallas.org.

“Renewal for the Journey of Holy Week,” Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 9 a.m. Led by Father Bill Henry, Mary Ann Henchy and Peggy Bailey. Will close with a Passion Sunday Vigil Mass. Cost is $60. No cost for clergy and religious, but need to register. Details: Magdalene Abraham, 662-299-1232.
Contact: Locus Benedictus Retreat Center, 1407 Levee Rd, Greenwood, MS. Magdalene Abraham, 662-299-1232, www.locusbenedictus.org.

The Dwelling Place
“Spiritual Doors, Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $45 and includes lunch.
This experience is a time to open the doors of our hearts to the fruits of the spirit. Going beyond the door we discover God’s unique gifts. Led by Karen Hodges and Lee Oswalt from Tupelo
Contact: The Dwelling Place, 2824 Dwelling Place Road, Brooksville, MS, 39739, 662-738-5348, www.dwellingplace.com.

Benedictine Center
“Holy Week at the Monastery,” April 2-5. Experience the days of the Sacred Triduum immersed in the beauty of Sacred Heart Monastery. Join the monastic community in their silence and prayer as they celebrate the special liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.  Limited Enrollment. Silence. Cost is $210 for private rooms; and $185/person for shared rooms.
“Intensive Centering Prayer Weekend,” May 1 – 3.  Led by the Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff. Cost: Private Rooms, $210.
Contact: Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road, Cullman, AL 35055, 256-734-8302, retreats@shmon.org.

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.
Dates: April 13 or 16, April 27 or April 30, May 11 or May 14, May 25 or May 28, June 8 or June 11. 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.
“A Day of Renewal for Women: Come to Me All You Who Are Weary and Burdened, and I Will Give You Rest: Praying the Prayer of Goodbye,” Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Cost is $50 (includes lunch).
In this day of prayer, we will experience a safe space to express grief over the loss of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the cessation of a job, or other life transitions.  Through praying with Scripture, letter-writing, and small group sharing, participants will have the opportunity to open to the healing love of God.
Contact: Jesuit Spirituality Center, 313 Martin Luther King Dr., Grand Coteau, La. 70541, 337-662-5251.

“Grace & Truth, A Day of Enrichment and Enlightenment for Couples,” Saturday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 3900 Howard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125. Contact: Willwoods.org, 504-830-3700, info@willwoods.org.