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),
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.
“Advanced Icon Workshop,” Sept. 23-30 for students who have completed several classes under the tutelage of a master from the Posopon School of Iconography. Taught by Nikita Andrejev. Cost is $930. Registration deadline is July 23.
Contact: St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, 3167 Old Highway 51 South, Osyka, MS, 39657, 601-783-3494,

“Theology of the Body,” August 7-9 for high school students in grades 9-12.  Tara Trost will be the facilitator. The retreat begins on Friday evening and ends with Mass on Sunday.  Details will be posted on the website in the coming weeks,
Contact: Locus Benedictus Retreat Center, 1407 Levee Rd, Greenwood. Magdalene Abraham, 662-299-1232,
The Dwelling Place
Summer directed/private retreats, Aug. 7-15. Schedule a three, five or eight-day retreat within these blocks of time. Cost is $80 per day.
“Come to the Quiet,” Sept. 4-6 and Oct. 2-4.
Come, get away, be still and sort out your life under the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
“Jesus and my ego,” Sept. 25-27. Using Lectio Divina, participants will look at stories in the gospels designed to bring one’s ego out into the open. Led by Father Henry Shelton. Cost is $200.
Contact: The Dwelling Place, 2824 Dwelling Place Road, Brooksville, MS, 39739, 662-738-5348,

Benedictine SISTERS
Introduction to Centering Prayer, Sept. 4-6. Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition.  Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. Private rooms, $245.

“Woman Spirit Rising,” Sept. 25-27. A gathering of women at the Red Tent, a safe place to tell your own stories, to do truth telling, and to share hopes and dreams. Led by Sister Mary McGhehee. Private rooms, $245, shared rooms $205 per person.
Contact: Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road, Cullman, AL 35055, 256-734-8302,

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.
Dates: Aug. 13 or 16, Aug 25 or 28, Sept 8 or 11, Sept. 21 or 24; Oct. 5 or 8. 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.
“An introduction to the directed retreat,” Oct. 2-4. Cost is $160 (includes $70 non-refundable pre-registration fee).
An Introduction to the Directed Retreat is designed for someone making a silent directed retreat for the first time. Group and individual sessions will focus on how to pray, to journal, and to communicate prayer experiences with one’s director. This retreat will also prepare participants for a longer 3, 5, 8 or 30-day retreat. Led by Nelda Turner.
Contact: Jesuit Spirituality Center, 313 Martin Luther King Dr., Grand Coteau, La. 70541, 337-662-5251.

Discernment retreat, for single women 17-35, Friday, Aug. 7, from  5:30 p.m. to Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. Led by Father Victor Ingalls and the Little Sisters of the Poor. No charge. An extended stay with the Little Sisters is also available.

Contact: Little Sisters of the Poor, Sacred Heart Residence, 1655 McGill Ave. Mobile, Alabama 36604. Sister Carolyn, lsp,, 251-591-3700.