Retreats offer paths through Advent, 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),
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. Cost is $65 per night. Financial assistance for any retreat is available upon request.
“An Advent Day of Reflection,” Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sister Dorothy Trosclair will lead the retreat. Cost is $30 and includes lunch.
“Married Couples Retreat: Finding God in All Things, Encountering the Living God in Marriage,” Feb. 5-7, 2016.
Participants will journey through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Led by Easton and Robin Hebert. Cost is $340 per couple.
Contact: St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, 3167 Old Highway 51 South, Osyka, MS, 39657, 601-783-3494,

The Dwelling Place
“Advent Hermitage Overnight,” Dec. 11-12. In the prayerful space of a hermitage, come away, block out our society’s noisy Christmas preparations and focus on the real meaning of Christ/Emmanual coming among us. Begins with 6:30 p.m. with dinner. Cost is $80.
“As I Begin the New Year,” Jan. 1-3, 2016. On this feast of the Three Kings, prayerfully using the Scriptures of Epiphany, we will look at the stars in our lives and will focus on what we seek for that is new and good in the new year. Led by Clare Van Lent.
“The Ascent of Mt. Carmel,” Jan. 22-23, 2016.  The retreat will reflect on St. John’s work in relation to our own response to God in our spiritual journey. Led by Father John Bohn, pastor of St. Richard Parish, Jackson. Cost is $100.
Contact: The Dwelling Place, 2824 Dwelling Place Road, Brooksville, MS, 39739, 662-738-5348,

St. Scholastica Retreat center
Three-day silent directed retreat, Jan. 7-10, 2016.
Five-day silent directed retreat, Jan. 7-13, 2016.
Eight-day silent directed retreat, Jan. 7-16, 2016.
Cost for three days is $235, five days, $385, and eight days, $585.
“Dreams: Lost Language of God,” Feb. 19-21, 2016. This workshop shows how to begin recognizing, understanding and interpreting the Voice of God in your dreams. Led by Jungian Therapist Diana McKendree and pastor Lance Sawyer. Cost: Residents $195, commuters $150.
Contact: St. Scholastica Retreat Center, 1205 S. Albert Pike, Fort Smith, AR 72903, 479-783-1135,,

Benedictine sisters
“The Sacrament of Advent:” Lessons and Carols from Thomas Merton,” Friday, Dec. 4,  from 7  – 8:30 p.m. Exploration of a journal entry, three poems and an essay on St. Bernard which Merton wrote in the first 10 years of his monastic life will provide a “service of lessons and carols” that closes with an Advent invitation to echo Mary’s fiat. Cost is $15.
“Introduction to Centering Prayer,” Jan. 15- 17, 2016. Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. This retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer. Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required. Cost for private rooms is $245.
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: Dec. 7 or Dec. 10. Retreats of eight-days begin on the first date. Retreats of five or three days begin on either date.
“AA Weekend: Staying Sober with the 12-Steps,” Dec. 2-6. This is a retreat for women and men in recovery. Addicts, alcoholics, and family and friends are welcome. Led by Father Tom Weston, SJ, a counselor and retreat director. Cost is $320, commuters $240.
Contact: Jesuit Spirituality Center, 313 Martin Luther King Dr., Grand Coteau, La. 70541, 337-662-5251.