We shall run on the path of God's commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love. Rule of Benedict


It is very energizing to share with you the 2017-18 catalogue of programs for the Benet House Retreat Center. We have a wide variety of retreats for youth, married couples, families, the developmentally handicapped, cancer survivors, individuals and ministers. Check out Bookmarks and our 12 Step Book Clubs as well as our special programs on the environment and ethics in government.

Our retreats for contemplative prayer have continued to expand. I am excited to have Susan Komis, a Nationally recognized Contemplative Outreach presenter, leading a weekend and five-day Centering Prayer Retreat in August.

Also, I am thrilled to have Sr. Melannie Svoboda, a popular spiritual writer and retreat director, here for a retreat in September. I suspect you had better register asap for this retreat as it will be very popular.

In addition, a new retreat is offered for the ‘Sisterhood of SMA’, the graduates of our residential high school in Nauvoo. I hope this will bring many of our SMA sisters together for this special experience.

These are just a few of the many retreats offered at Benet House. Take a few minutes to browse through this brochure and see what might peak your interest. Likewise, check us out at and register online.

Benet House is committed to providing spiritual programs for people of all faiths. If you are unable to afford the full cost of a retreat, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We work with groups and individuals to make retreats affordable.

Our grounds at the Monastery continue to be a beautiful contemplative space and we love to share our hospitality with our retreatants. The Sisters are very grateful for your continued support and for your presence with us.

Sr. Jackie and I look forward to welcoming you to Benet House and providing a comfortable space and reflective time to Seek God in your life.

In All Things May God be Glorified (RB),

Please contact us for more information on any program, or to schedule a time away, at (309) 283-2108 or

Upcoming Retreats and Programs

Browse and register for sponsored retreats, vocation programs and ongoing programs by clicking on the links below.

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