Retreat centers offer Lenten, Holy Week opportunities

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),
“We are the fragrance of Christ,” Jackson St. Therese Parish CWA annual women’s retreat, March 4-6. Led by Jill Hisaw and Sister Lourdes González. Registration deadline is Feb. 25. Details: 601-372-4481.
Conference retreat: “Rekindling the fire: embracing the paradox of imagination and faith,” May 15-21. Father Jack Conley will lead the retreat. Cost is $425.
Contact: St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, 3167 Old Highway 51 South, Osyka, MS, 39657, 601-783-3494,

St. Scholastica Retreat center
“Centering Prayer,” March 17-20. This retreat is for anyone interested in deepening their centering prayer practice. Centering prayer is a way of bringing to consciousness the unconscious “emotional wounds of a lifetime.” Cost: $235. Deadline to register is March 3.
“Triduum during Holy Week,” March 24-27.  Begins with the commemoration of the Paschal Mystery with orientation at 2 p.m. on Holy Thursday and conclude with the feast of the resurrection on Easter Sunday. Cost is $115. Deadline to register is March 10.
Contact: St. Scholastica Retreat Center, 1205 S. Albert Pike, Fort Smith, AR 72903, 479-783-1135,,

Benedictine sisters
“Holy Week at the monastery,” March 24-27. Experience the three days of the Sacred Triduum with the sisters in their silence and prayer as they celebrate the special liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday.  Silence.  Cost for private rooms is $245; shared rooms, $205/person.
“Meeting the mystery of Alzheimer’s: Learning to communicate and connect,” April 22, 23, and/or 24. The program is comprised of four events. You may register for selected events, or come for the entire weekend.
“The Healing Power of ‘Yes!:’ An Introduction to Healing Moments,” Friday, April 22, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Participants will engage in exercises designed to enhance their skills of observation and their understanding of dementia. They will increase their abilities to communicate and connect, and learn ways to improve the quality of life for their loved ones with dementia, as well as reduce the stress of caregiving.
Cost is $20, includes coffee and light refreshments.
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:  Feb. 29 or March 3, March 14 or March 17,  April 4 or April 7. Retreats of eight-days begin on the first date. Retreats of five or three days begin on either date.
“In your presence is fullness of joy: yoga and contemplative prayer,” March 10-13.  A weekend of prayer, joy, and fellowship! In this retreat participants will practice contemplative awareness through Christian chanting, centering prayer, conscious breathing, lectio divina, body prayer, art as prayer and drumming as prayer. Included is one full day of silence which may be extended throughout the retreat. No prior experience with yoga is necessary. Cost is $250, (commuters $190).
“An Introduction to the Directed Retreat,” April 29 – May 1. 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 three, five, eight or 30-day retreat.
Contact: Jesuit Spirituality Center, 313 Martin Luther King Dr., Grand Coteau, La. 70541, 337-662-5251.

BAY ST. LOUIS – Retrouvaille retreat, a ministry of hope for married couples, Feb. 26-28, at William Kelley Retreat Center (St. Augustine). Details: Chuck and Colleen, 225 261-1901.